Sunset Cowl: It’s Gap-Tastic!

We went from hot, lovely summery weather back to cold and rain. Over the month of June you never quite knew what the weather would be like from day to day! I wasn’t upset though, because I had an excuse to wear a wool scarf – that I knit!

I knit another thing! (See the first thing I knit here.) This is called the Gap-tastic Cowl, as the pattern is based on a Gap cowl.

How great is that about knitting? You like something, you can replicate it exactly! Well, if you’re an experienced knitter you can. In fact, you can make it better yourself (oh wow do I sound like my parents!) You can choose better yarn. I don’t know about you, but I’m sad that all I can afford are acrylic sweaters. Not anymore, now that I can knit! Well – I can knit loopy scarves. Baby steps, right?

I am starting to really like knitting. I can knit in front of the TV, in the car, in bed, anywhere where my hands are free and restless. I’m a keep-busy kind of girl, so knitting fits into my life perfectly!

If you want to read the knitting notes, check out my Ravelry project post here! (I knit this thing twice because I made so many mistakes. Oops! It’s kind of fun being a beginner again. Even when things don’t work, it’s still exciting to learn!)

Here’s what this scarf looks like, un-looped:

So cool! I’m hooked on knitting now, and since this project I’ve knit a few other things already! If I start making warm things now, I’ll be cosy and warm when fall arrives. And since my sewing machine lives at the office, it’s a way to keep on making stuff whenever I’m not at work.

Have you knit anything recently? If you’ve ever thought of learning, I’d recommend starting with looped scarves! Easy to knit, useful to wear, and they make good gifts!

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28 Responses to Sunset Cowl: It’s Gap-Tastic!

  1. Jeni July 5, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    If you, or anyone else, is looking for a slightly above beginner project that is good for summer and knits up very quickly, try a lacy shawl of faggoting stitch. I did one for my mum and it was great. You can find instructions for a faggoting stitch on knitwiki

  2. Miriana July 5, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    Well done! It’s a slippery slope….

  3. Andrea July 5, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    Oh, love the cowl! The colour is just fantastic. I see you have found Ravelry. Beware… it’s addictive! I’m currently knitting some little hot pink wrist warmers for fall to go with a felted brooch I made a few weeks ago. It’s finally summer in Toronto so it’s weird to be knitting but I’ll be ready for late September when the weather turns. Happy knitting to you!

  4. Amanda July 5, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Nice! A friend taught me how to do the knit and purl stitches 5 years ago and I attempted to make an all knit-stitched scarf out of blah yarn. I gave up 1/4 of the way through! But I like that you can take knitting anywhere (I like to keep busy too) and I’ve seen so many cute vintage jumpers in the blogosphere so I joined Ravelry awhile back. I might have to give it another go!

  5. Meghan July 5, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    That is so cute! Love it. (Just popped over to Ravelry to queue it up for myself!) Great yarn choice, too! The color is lovely with your hair and skin tone, and Malabrigo is just the best, squishiest stuff ever. I’m currently hoarding five hanks of the worsted weight in Tuareg for this cardigan:

    Happy Knitting! :-D

  6. Stephanie July 5, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    How cute! I love the color you choose. I knit probably 3/4 of a scarf once. And growing up, we had a cute little circular knitting loom for making baby hats and tube scarves.

  7. Sarah July 5, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Great scarf, Tasia! The colour is fantastic on you. I can’t quite get the hang of knitting, but I do crochet. :)

  8. Tasha July 5, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Yay, it looks awesome! That’s a great color on you, too. Knitting is the perfect hobby when you want something you can do almost anywhere!

  9. Sunni July 5, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    I adore the color! Gosh I really need to get knitting. What a great project too. I think the thing that’s holding me back is that I want to make all of the gorgeous sweaters and such and I keep thinking that it will be so so hard. Yet, I daresay that knitting might be easier than sewing?? Totally dig the scarf. Am off to look it up and see if its something I could do.

  10. Corinne July 5, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Don’t you just love knitting? it is portable, tactile and productive. I too have restless fingers and always have a knit project going. I am getting ready to start Christmas gifts now. I know, it is 90 degrees and I am working with wool. Your scarf is wonderful, love the color. I recently taught my DIL how to crochet and she has made many cowls for gifts and for herself. Knitting is a passion, I hope to improve my skills this year. One of my many goals!

  11. Ann July 5, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Can I just say:

  12. Lucy July 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    I wondered what you’d do without a sewing machine at home! Personally, I don’t really have the patience for knitting – I know how to do it, but I never know how to fix my mistakes, and it’s so disheartening to have to unravel your last four evenings’ worth of work because you messed up. I have a purple poncho I made, which Mr thinks is hideous, but even though it’s just cheap acrylic it’s very warm, especially for cooler spring nights. It’s like wearing a blanket on your shoulders! I made it when I went through a knitting phase just because it was easy (two big rectangles of garter stitch, sewn together to make a v neck). I also have two shrugs I never wear because I couldn’t get them to fit properly.

  13. bella July 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    It’s 90+F here with 70-80% humidity…I can’t even think about wool right now…but it’s great to see you’re a knitter too. I have a 1/2 finished sweater I’ll get back to in Sept.

    The cowl really pretty, Tasia.

  14. bella July 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Oh, right. ravelry. well, I stopped using them because I wanted to include sewing & quilting…

  15. Stacy aka Stacybeads July 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Hurray for knitting! I work at a yarn shop, so I’m lucky enough that I can actually knit at work. :) To me, the main advantage of knitting over sewing is how much easier it is to fix mistakes–you just rip out your work and do it again. Picking out seams and re-sewing fabric is not easy, and sometimes not even possible.

  16. Jessica July 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Gorgeous! Love the color you chose — and the yarn seems to match the stitch and pattern quite well. Also, you knit it to a good length – can go twice or three times around and look superbly stylish!

    I always have *some* knitting project or two sitting around in a bag, ready to be grabbed for my bus/train commute or for trips, or just for when I’m sitting in front of the television. Welcome to the club ;-).

    Meant to comment on your other post, but beautiful Pendrell … love the fabric, love your idea of replacing all your ribbed tees with Pendrells!

  17. Amy (quixoticpixels) July 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    Woo hoo! Go Tasia!

  18. Kerry July 6, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    I love it – great colour and fantastic texture. Pleased to hear you have the knitting bug. I find it’s quite seasonal with me. Though I knit all year round, the instinct really kicks in when the weather gets cold.

  19. Sewing Princess July 6, 2011 at 3:27 am #

    I love that cowl…and the color is superb! It really suits you. Great work

  20. Casey July 6, 2011 at 5:54 am #

    Fantastic! :) I just love the color. Loopy cowls/scarves are a favorite of mine. Even though it rarely gets super-cold in my corner of the world, when it gets chilly in the winter I find cowls are perfect for keeping warm without having to bundle up in needless layers. :)

  21. Becky July 6, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    It looks so cozy and cheery–perfect for a colder summer day!

    And I’m currently in-process of knitting my first clothing-like thing! I’m making this tank top– basically as an excuse to get the lovely sparkly cottony yarn that I’m using, but I justified it by figuring that I need to learn how to seam things together so I can finally make my own sweaters! I’ve had sweater envy for years, and sewing them never quite seems to work!

  22. Becky July 6, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    Oops, forgot the tank top link.

  23. Caroline July 6, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    I love knitting, though am self-taught and not particularly skilled. I second having something to do with your hands at all times – it redeems the time while you are waiting at swim lessons, in a meeting (Where it won’t offend anyone) etc…

  24. Lisette M July 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    I believe knitting complements sewing very nicely =-). Great cowl!

  25. Kristen July 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    Wow, so cute! What a fab colour too! I am so glad to see that you are having such a great time knitting! I am currently working on a summer cardigan, Laar and am loving it! I just hope I finish while summer is still ‘on’ !!!

  26. kaitui_kiwi July 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    I’ve just started teaching myself how to knit. I kind of knew already from lessons with Mum ages ago. Now I am working through a book that teaches each knit stitch and then you do a swatch to practice. I’ve done 4 so far and I can see myself improving, it’s exciting. I am going to pick up some nice wool (as opposed to the cheap stuff I am practicing with) this weekend and try to make my first item from a pattern, some slippers, but I’m adding this cowl to my list! :)


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