Common Time Cowl: Uncommonly Good
It’s actually UN-common, in that for such a simple pattern (4×4 rib knit in the round,) the finished object is wholly sophisticated and elegant. We attribute this to the yarn combination — a surprising match made in yarn heaven — and one I must admit, this Newbee never would have seen coming.
The first yarn, Rowan Alpaca Classic was new to me, and one I would have easily passed up in the yarn bin. Woolen and even slightly unrefined, this is a sticky fiber that has something of a halo. It’s fun to work with because it knits up fast and has great definition. Plus it comes wound, which is always a bonus. And when you pair that with the sparkly string that is Stacy Charles Crystal, it creates a wonderful effect with the halo of Rowan filling in the thin lines of the sequined string.
Here are a few pictures of the piece as it went from birth to full maturity, which in knitting hours, was a very short process.
Common Time Cowl is quick to cast on, easy to travel with on planes, trains, buses and NYC cabs, and open to knitting polygamy — I think I started 3 projects after casting this one on, and there were no ill-consequences to the many stops and starts. For these reasons, Newbee Knitters give this kit a full thumbs up as a gift kit OR as a finished object gift that will knock someone’s socks off without taking forever to complete.