Bouteloua KAL - Get Ready, Get Set!

by Kennedy Berry November 12, 2014

We showed off a new sample of of the Bouteloua Cowl recently in our Newsletter to a very positive response.

This was the first ever pattern I published with Hill Country Weavers and its still exciting to see people making it up. 

Since there are lots of knitters eager to tackle this one I'm going to be hosting a virtual Knit-a-long in the coming weeks. If you'd like to join me you can check in on our ravelry group.

The latest sample of the cowl is made from Elemental Affects' new Civility Sport Twist Yarn. I've been more than a little in love with this one since it came in - its got a wonderful springiness that lends itself very well to the narrow cables of this cowl and it holds a block nicely to show off the lace.The Civility sample is also a little larger than the original and will more easily fall over the tops of shoulders.

If you want to whip up the matching fingerless mitts included on the pattern, the Civility also comes in a Sock Twist version - 1 skein of which will be enough to keep your hands just as warm and stylish as your neck.

The original version was designed with Madelinetosh Pashmina, a luxurious blend of superwash merino, cashmere and silk.  

Either of these two yarns (Civility Sport or Pashmina) can make up the cowl as its written with just one skein.

If you'd like to try something a little different you'll need about 360 yds of a sport or fingering weight yarn. Sport weights will give you more body and warmth, while fingering weight yarns will offer more drape and add visibility to the lace.

That in mind, here are some suggestions you might think about:

Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico would make a stunning and dressy version with 3 skeins. 

Fibre Company's Road to China Light is soft like butter and its depth of color would be a great compliment to this pattern using 3 skeins.

If you like the soft halo of Angora, Classic Elite's Fresco would be a warm and cuddly choice.

If you're feeling up for a challenge I think you could make a pretty stunning version from Freia's Wool Fingering Ombre - just remember to save some from the front of the ball for when you come back and knit the edging, or pick a contrast color for the borders.

Shibui Staccato or Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere would be two other fingering weight choices I would definitely consider.  

I'm off to pick my yarn & swatch this week - pick your yarn & needles, grab a copy of the pattern and I'll check back in soon for tips on working your provisional cast on and making modifications! Show off your yarn choices and projects on Ravelry.

Kennedy Berry
Kennedy Berry


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