Project Inspiration: Sanibel Cowl
I'd be willing to wager that anyone who regularly comes into the shop is already familiar with this pattern. We actually knit this sample up last summer, and it was so immensely popular that even after we completely sold out of the Sanibel and Santorini, knitters set their sights on other yarns that also worked well (notice how low our Magnolia and Puna supply is? Yeah. That's this cowl's fault!). Most knitters found themselves knitting this cowl twice, and several people finished three or four. If that isn't proof as to how great the design is, I don't know what else would convince you.
Since last year the yarns sold out before I was able to share the project online, I knew I had to get my tushie in gear and let you know about this gem before it all disappears again.
The Sanibel Cowl pattern is free for you to download HERE, and it uses 2 skeins of either the Sanibel or Santorini.
They are practically both the same yarn, but with slightly different styles. Sanibel's solid colorways have subtle tonal shifts, and the Santorini is a playful and variegated yarn- which is what you're seeing in our sample. Both yarns alternate between soft matte shades and a silky shine that adds texture to your projects without subtracting from the clear stitch definition. They're both affordable, too. Since you just need 2 skeins for this cowl, you're only looking at spending $22-$26 per cowl. Anyone else thinking "perfect gift idea"?!
The cowl is worked in the round, so you don't have to worry about any grafting or seaming. The stitch pattern is easy, simply switching between stockinette and a 3 row eyelet pattern. You have the option of working the eyelet rows randomly, or in a specific order for symmetry. The pattern does have instructions written out in case you don't feel like improvising.
The Sanibel Cowl, is a great warm-weather accessory because of the size and because of the yarn's fiber content. I like the loose single-loop look, especially for spring and summer. Sanibel and Santorini are both cotton and viscose blends, so they breathe easily keeping them from getting too hot. Also- that drape! The cowl hangs so elegantly, and it feels great worn right against your skin..
Since we just got the Sanibel and Santorini in this week, there are a lot of color options for you to choose from. When the yarn started thinning out last year, desperate knitters were pairing 1 skein of Sanibel with 1 skein of the Santorini, and that actually ended up being pretty cute! Regardless, you just need 2 skeins and a 16" US size 8 circular needle.
Don't forget to share your progress with us! We love to see what you're up to.