A cowl can be loose and drapey or more close fitting to the neck. Usually gauge is important, but when making something that doesn't require an exact fit, such as a scarf, the pattern may not give a gauge. I am a very relaxed knitter who knits loosely. I usually have to go down a size in needles to achieve the correct gauge when one is given. Not knowing what the finished project was going to look like, I followed directions as given.
The cowl was knit on circular needles with the size changing along with the pattern stitches. The cowl began and ended with a linen stitch. The second and fourth of five sections was done in herringbone, and the middle was plain stockinette. When these were complete, the short ends of the cowl had stitches picked up and knitted in ribbing, one end with button holes, the other to have five buttons sewn on.
Sounds good, right? But alas, it looks lousy on me. First photo is the cowl, flat and buttoned as intended.
Tomorrow I will show you a knit project that did turn out well, proof that nothing everything this month has been a downer.
To leave this entry on a positive note, I am positive this cartoon does not represent yours truly. If my husband says otherwise, please know he has been known to exaggerate.