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One day on Twitter, Iz, Katie and I got to talking about how we never really knit for knitters. We decided that we should do a little swap, and we went with cowls. I knit one for Iz, Iz made one for Katie, and Katie made one for me. Iz got hers in the mail earlier this week, and I thought I would share some more pictures of it.

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A few ideas came together for this cowl. First, I had been thinking about the sort of color work you can do using short row shaping on cowls. I also had been admiring a sweater Matilde has been working on with a diagonal block of color in seed stitch. I realized that a diagonal line in seed stitch was an easy way to try out my short row color work. When we decided on the swap, I struck me that in the right colors, this could be the perfect cowl for Iz.

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When I think of Iz’s style, I think edgy and little tough, but in a sophisticated way, with neutral colors, geometric shapes and studs. I did actually try to figure out if there was a way to make studs on a cowl work. I don’t think there is. Studs and knitting probably don’t belong together.

Iz seems happy with the cowl so I think it was a success. I used two skeins of Madelinetosh Vintage and 5 mm needles. I’m thinking about knitting my own in brighter colors. I never used more than one color in a row, and the cowl is made up almost entirely of short rows (there are only 8 rows that aren’t short rows) so it feels really quick to knit. It was a lot of fun.

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