Though San Francisco doesn't even get all that chilly during the chillier months, this winter I have been completely obsessed with all the big, chunky, cozy-looking neckwarmer type things I've been seeing around. And once I found the perfect pattern, I did not stop knitting until I had a giant, head-eating cowl of my own.
Thanks, Mom, for modeling.
Pattern: Maximus, by Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Yanabey Merino Worsted, 1.5 skeins of light blue (held double)
Needles: US 17 straights
Start to Finish: January 14-15, 2010
Notes: Very simple, very quick. I love the cool texture of the stitch pattern and I think holding the yarn double added even more texture. Knitting this on such ginormous needles was not, in fact, very easy to do on public transportation (I kept elbowing the lady to my left and hitting the window with the needle in my right hand), but I only had to do that once because it was done in a flash.
And I love it. It hasn't been so practical for walking around the city (I'm freezing when I leave the house, yes, but after getting the blood pumping after walking about a block, I start shedding layers), but it is extremely cozy and has been great for snowy mountain visits and the like. Plus, I think giant chunky knits are so cool! Maybe next time I'll go even bigger...