During the holiday season, bulky knits and crochet items were hot items not only among those of us that knit and/or crochet but I was constantly seeing them in the department stores too. Bulky hats, scarves and cowls make great gifts especially if you are short on time and need something quick, fast and in a hurry…LOL! I absolutely have a go to pattern for a bulky cowl and it is called the Triple Luxe Cowl by All About Ami. However, I wanted to actually knit a bulky cowl as I was getting inspired by Pinterest and Instagram. I searched Pinterest and came across the Marshmallow Fluff by Sarah Kraly. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry. There is only a pattern repeat of two rows…simple enough, until I saw something called a Provisional Cast On. Wait, what? I only know how to do the long tail cast on and really would love to use that cast on for all my knitting but I know that will not be case. This is the fussiness with knitting that I have to get use to. With crochet it’s just a chain to start your project or you can work your stitches and chain at the same time (I have yet to do that).
I found myself wondering what is a provisional cast on and what is the purpose of it? This type of cast on is useful, for example when you are joining two ends together for a seamless join. When the scrap yarn is removed you are left with “live” stitches and that allows you to join that end to the opposite end of your work. Sounds confusing, I know but if you watch this tutorial by Very Pink Knits, it is broken down for you. One mistake that I made was not using a different colored yarn for my scrap yarn. I used the same color as I did for the project. When it was time to remove the scrap yarn it didn’t unzip as nicely as it did in the video. I just kept on working so I don’t think I did it correctly. However, the end result was good.
When it came to binding off, the pattern called for a three needle bind off. I didn’t have a third knitting needle that was a US 19 so I used a crochet hook size Q (I think…it’s not labeled) as my third needle and it worked well. I watched this tutorial by planetpurl to help me.
Overall I enjoyed the pattern. With it being a bulky item it knits up in no time. There were a few knots in the yarn that were actually between the plys instead of snipping those out and rejoining the yarn I just kept working. Since this was a prototype and not a gift to anyone I just let those knots slide on by…LOL!
US 19 knitting needles
Size Q crochet Hook
Red Heart Grande in Aran
Here are some pictures: