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Finished: Vera Cowl

Last Saturday, during the premier episode of the new Outlander TV series, I cast on for the small Vera collar from Louisa Harding’s Luzia book.

IMG_4854Last night, while watching the second episode, I finished the collar!

IMG_4933I mention the TV show again to give you an idea of how quickly this little collar worked up. It took me about three hours to knit. I didn’t knit on it during the week. Now, I did pause the show last night a couple times so I could read the pattern, but it was still a fast project.

IMG_4936Having finished knitting the collar, I had to decide how to close it.

The book suggests 2 meters of satin ribbon for the small version, which I made, or an antique brooch for the large (two skein) version.

Louisa Harding VeraIt was a bit surprising to see how much ribbon I had hidden away. I had high hopes for the wide, purple ribbon, but it didn’t look….right.

IMG_5001Getting the proper ratio between ribbon length and width was important to it looking good. I also found that the more diaphanous ribbons were not flattering. They were too floppy for the dense fur.

I ended up trying a few different closures, including the fancy barrette I wore for my wedding and a fur rose I picked up one year on vacation.

The red, fur rose might have worked on the larger version of the collar, but on my small one it was just distracting.

In the end, I decide the small red ribbon was the way to go.

IMG_4952Of course, there is nothing stopping me (or you) from changing out the ribbon to match my outfit!

I used one skein of Louisa Harding Luzia yarn in color 7-Otter. Luzia is available in 17 colors ranging from natural, neutrals to jewel toned fashion colors.

Luzia was introduced last winter when faux fur was starting as a big trend in the fashion runway shows. That trend is continuing for fall and winter fashion this year.

A little, or a lot!, of Luzia is a great way to embrace this trend.

You can see more Luzia projects in the new Eventyr book, which is starting to arrive in local yarn stores now, and the hard cover book Knits From An English Rose, which is already available in stores.

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