After about eight attempts to find the perfect stitch pattern, my yarn was looking like something the dog dragged in. (lesson one: when attempting to design something, try to overcome any stingy tendencies and buy extra yarn to experiment with)
Every stitch pattern that I tried, from lace to cables to slip stitches, all seemed to be competing with the yarn. (lesson two: never fight with the yarn since it will always win)
So at this point, I was ready to throw in the towel. I actually considered casting on for a simple stockinette stitch cowl and calling it a day. (lesson three: everything looks better after a good night's sleep and fresh eyes)
When I came back to the cowl the next morning, I noticed how pretty the yarn looked in reverse stockinette stitch. Here I was trying all sorts of fancy patterns when the yarn clearly was calling out for a simple one. So with that in mind, I had another look through the stitch dictionaries and finally settled on one called the purl ridge which was just a combination of stockinette and reverse stockinette. I decided to skip the swatch and just go for it. And here is what I ended up with:
The finished cowl was everything that I had hoped for.
Drapey, great length, versatile.
It even had a name, the Cherry Blossom Cowl, inspired by a comment from Shannon. But regrettably, there was just one small problem. (lesson four: before congratulating yourself on a new design, search ravelry to see if someone had already beaten you to it)
So if you are interested in knitting a similar cowl, might I suggest this pattern?
(as always, check out FO Friday with Tami's Amis for a variety of knit and crochet fabulousness)