On Monday I asked you to help me decide between two projects to make as a thank you gift for my friend.
(But let’s be honest, I’ll probably end up making that cute lace scarf as well!)
I didn’t waste any time casting on Tuesday morning.
The yarn label says Ushya is a Quechua word meaning “soft” and I can believe it!
The yarn is lovely and squishy and for a moment I considered keeping the cowl for myself and just sending my friend a nice card. haha. In addition to being really soft, Ushya has a chainette construction so it is bulky without being heavy.
This is an easy pattern that I think would be good for an advanced beginner looking to move on from garter stitch. If you’ve learned the purl stitch this project will be good practice switching between knit and purl since it is made in moss stitch.
Actually, that was an interesting discussion on Facebook. Someone asked what stitch it was and another fan replied with Seed Stitch.
In the book the stitch is referred to as Moss Stitch.
I checked my “A Treasury of Knitting Patterns,” by Barbara Walker and she says the two are often confused. Walker says Seed Stitch has a two row repeat while Moss Stitch has a four row repeat.
In the case of the Tatu Cowl I think it’s a difference between American knitters calling it one thing and British/European knitters calling it another.
In either case, it’s a lovely stitch and if you follow the directions in the book you’ll end up with a finished project that looks like the pictures.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the book has directions for a garter stitch version as well. In that case you don’t have to worry about what the stitch is called or how to purl!
I was going to do the garter stitch version, but thought the moss stitch version would have a little more pizzazz for something that would end up being a gift.
This is a mobius cowl, so after you finish knitting it you have to give it a twist before sewing the cast off edge to the cast on edge.
I suppose there is no reason you can’t sew them together without the twist. Since my friend knits it won’t be a problem for her to pick out the seam and redo it if she doesn’t like the mobius style.
The cowl took one hank of Ushya yarn and size US 15 needles.
Ushya is a 98% Merino Wool, 2% Nylon blend with approximately 114 yards per 100g. I used color #1712-Pure White, but there are 24 colors from which you can select.
The pattern is in Mirasol Book #27-Ushya and Sulka.
It took me only two days to knit the cowl. But it took me three days to corner my husband to take pictures for me!
The cowl is a good size for wearing alone, but not so big you can’t tuck it into a coat. Since my friend lives in New Hampshire I think she’ll be able to get a lot of use out of it when winter arrives.
You can find local yarn stores that carry the Mirasol line by using the “find a store” feature on our website. Filter based on your zip code and “Mirasol.” Keep in mind that a portion of every purchase from the Mirasol line is dedicated directly to the funding of a school in the remote area of Munani in the region of Puno for the children of shepherds in the Peruvian Highlands.
The Ravellenic Games have started. I have to go cast on my project!