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What’s Trending for Fall: Why spend $500 on a trendy cowl when you can knit one yourself for less than $60?

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What’s Trending for Fall: Why spend $500 on a trendy cowl when you can knit one yourself for less than $60?

See it … make it!

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We spotted this Nuage Paillette Hand-Knit Tube Scarf in the latest Lafayette 148 catalog (on the left) and it’s gorgeous … not to mention it immediately reminded us of the Dobbs Ferry Cowl (on the right) made in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®.

You can buy the pre-made cowl for $500 OR you can make one yourself for under $60 – which option will you choose for your wardrobe this fall?

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  • While the patterns are similar, but the drape is very different due to the bulk of Thick & Quick. What yarn would you recommend and how would you change the pattern to get more of the look of the Nuage cowl?

    • Agree with this comment. Hopefully will get response. Love the cowl.

    • You could use Vanna’s Choice or Hometown USA.

      • Hometown USA would be nearly as bulky. If switched to Vanna’s Choice should the number of stitches in a round be increased?

        • I’d rather go for wool-ease chunky, with the same gauge recommended on the yarn cast on 124 stitches.

  • There is no comparison between the two. The second one is bulky & overwhelming. Wrong stitch & yarn.

  • Here are a few suggestions – it’s always a good idea to make gauge
    swatches to assess look and sizing when making modifications …

    1) The pattern calls for holding three strands of Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, you could try using two instead or;
    2) Choose a yarn like Vanna’s Glamour® and or Vanna’s Sequins® to attain a less bulky cowl with more drape or;
    3) instead of 44 stitches, cast on 40 or 36 stitches (pattern is worked in multiples of 4) and modify the stockinette stitch section’s length to 15 inches or 13 inches (from 17).

    If those ideas aren’t connecting with you, below are a few more pattern suggestions to help you achieve a similar look:

    http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90586AD.html
    http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L0335B.html
    http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L30109.html
    http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L30096.html
    http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L32413.html

    • Thanks! That helps! Especially the information that the pattern is worked in multiples of 4. I’ll do a gauge swatch and see what produces the fabric most like the picture.

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