I completed this project awhile back(!) and just recently realized that I never shared it here.
The gold yarn was "special," from a few years back. I knew it would be gorgeous on it's own, but I loved the idea of pairing it with a neutral in two-color brioche so I didn't have to worry about pooling.
Also, I love that brioche is inherently reversible, so there's a "tame" side and a "wild" side to this accessory.
I've already worn it a few times, usually with the more mild side on the exterior and it's so cozy! I love short cowls that I can just throw on without having to fiddle with them.
For even more details, you can see my ravelry project page
Yarn: Ivory yarn I ordered for my Ninilchik Swoncho, but ultimately didn't use, and special gold yarn from LegacyFiberArtz in the colorway "Fra-gee-lay" from their A Christmas Story-inspired Christmas update last year. I was waiting for the perfect project and this was it!
Size: I opted to make a shorter cowl, rather than a longer one to be worn wrapped twice. I find this version less "fiddly." See specific mods below.
Pattern: Gina's Brioche Hat and Cowl (free pattern from Purl Soho), modified to be a shorter cowl
Needles: US 6, 16" circulars, although the fabric would have also been nice with a US 5.
Specifics/modifications: Cast on 92 stitches, I knit 4 rows with ivory yarn for a rolled hem, then began two-color brioche. Knit until cowl was the length of my Glacier Park Cowl (about 10.5”), then 4 plain knitting rows of ivory, then BO.
This particular project has been on my needles since March of this year. At the very start, it felt like a mindless, but very uphill project. I knit it on size 2 needles, and at first, I had to look down a lot as I knit, and it just felt slow. But bit by bit, I picked it up and worked on it.
Each year, I enjoy glancing back and making note of what knitting projects I worked on and completed throughout the year, noticing trends or patterns in my making. I've noticed that my creativity or how my creative pursuits "serve" me in a given season can vary widely depending on life circumstances.
Over the last several months, I've been working on several Christmas crafts—both sewing and knitting. Some are for our own home as decor, and most are gifts. Since some were mailed off relatively early or opened at early Christmas celebrations, I can now share them here, just in time for Christmas. The links with the knitting projects are to project pages which then include pattern links.