Project Inspiration: The Koz*Mo*Bius Cowl
You can really tell that it's officially "that time" when almost every shopper mentions something about their to-do list for holiday gifts. Handmade gifts are so special and personal, but they can take a lot of time- especially if you have a long list of people you want to spoil. The amount of time and effort spent on handmade items is a large part of what makes them so sweet, but it's also why you need to get started now.
One sample in the shop that's a great gift idea is the Koz*Mo*Bius Cowl. It's a luxurious project, but only uses 2 skeins of Kozmos, so it ends up being $68, $70, or $72- depending on the colorways you choose. Kozmos is a gorgeous hand dyed yarn by Alchemy, and it's a blend of cotton, silk, mohair, and wool. It's incredibly touchable, and there's none of that itchy-scratchy texture that mohair sometimes creates. The nubby texture in this yarn is so unique, and it's accentuated by the uneven colors contributed by the range of fibers absorbing dyes differently. It really is stunning!
Like all Alchemy patterns, we can give you the pattern for free when you purchase your yarn. Simply mention the Koz*Mo*Bius in the 'notes' section as you checkout, and we'll include a hard copy with your shipment. We can also provide a pdf file if requested.
The Koz*Mo*Bius Cowl is one of those easier-than-it-looks designs. It's a dropped stitch pattern, which really just entails yarn overs and knit stitches. You don't even need to purl! Typically, we wouldn't recommend a wool or mohair blend for this stitch pattern- because of the bounce and fuzz that could potentially hide the design. But the Kozmos has enough cotton and silk to give it a beautiful amount of drape and weight.
This cowl is a mobius, which means it has that fun twist. But don't let that make you nervous, because the cowl is actually knit flat on US size 9 needles, and then seamed to create the mobius twist. Also, instead of cutting and weaving in 1,000,000 loose ends from color changes, you actually just carry the colors up along the sides. Now, do you believe me about this pattern being easier than it looks?
One more thing I love about this cowl is the size! I love it when I can wrap up in a cozy knit- and this one is big enough to be worn loose or doubled up around the neck.... it's even large enough to be brought up over the head when you're feeling extra chilly. It's not too common to find big comfy projects that only use 2 skeins of yarn- so this one is a gem.
As usual, I made a few color combinations to help inspire you. From left to right and top to bottom, here is: Mediterranean & Sage Brush, Radiant Orchid & Buckskin, Dragon & Arrowhead, and finally Pony Up & Peacock.
Have you started working on holiday gifts yet? Or are you still in the planning stages? We're interested in hearing what you're doing! Share with us in the comments section below.