Apu Cowls: Laura & Maria
Two delicate and close-fitting cowls, each knit with just 2 skeins of Apu. I couldn't decide which to feature this week, so I settled on both! They are both unique, light-as-a-feather, and elegant.
Apu, meaning mountain god in the language native to the Incas, is 100% Imperial Alpaca. Alpaca textiles were once comparable in value to gold and the finest jewelry, and imperial alpaca is considered by many to be the finest fiber in the world. This sport weight imperial alpaca yarn is sorted and dehaired by hand, and is presented in its most natural state: raw white.
The Maria Cowl and the Laura Cowl are each $6.00. They both use 2 skeins of Apu, which is $19 per skein.
The Maria Cowl is knit in the round and covered in a honeycomb stitch that's a little different from what you'd expect. This honeycomb pattern alternates holding Apu single and double stranded, which emphasizes the Maria's incredible texture!
The Laura Cowl reminds me of a snowflake... Not only because of that unexpected shape, but because of how fluffy, lightweight, and ethereal the Apu makes it. The Laura Cowl is also knit in the round, using a highly textured lace design and a fun rib with increases and decreases to achieve those points.
While the Maria Cowl could be considered an easy/intermediate pattern, the Laura cowl would fall more on the intermediate/advanced side of the spectrum. For the Maria, you'll need to slip stitches and be comfortable knitting double stranded. For the Laura, you'll need to work stitches such as purling in the stitch below and sl2tog-k1-psso.