As promised -- this is Nebbiolo, my pattern #2 this week.
A bottle of Nebbiolo is deep and red, with traces of cherry and violet and spice. The name of the wine comes from the Italian word "nebbia" meaning fog, which gathers on the mountains of Piemonte where the Nebbiolo grapes grow. And I can't think of anything more perfect for a foggy day in the mountains than a big cozy cowl and a glass of that red wine.
Nebbiolo is a not-so-simple cowl, designed to showcase the texture and color of the Plucky Knitter Bulky. The motif is a combination of cables and lace diamonds that I think works perfectly here. The cables show off the smooshiness of the merino and give the fabric a little density, and the lace adds texture and balances the fabric with a little lightness, if that makes sense.
You can wrap it around your neck twice for a cozy peek of cowl out the top of your coat, or you can wear it long if you prefer. Sometimes it folds over on itself for a longer, thinner look, or it can be worn wide to show off the diamonds. The pattern has instructions for two sizes - and hints to modify the design for other lengths or widths that you might prefer.
And I'll tell you now, this thing knits up fast - it takes 3 skeins of Sarah's Bulky, and once you have the diamonds established, the pattern gets a little addictive as it grows. You'll be done in less than a week, even with a thousand distractions.
As always, Sarah's Plucky Knitter Bulky is a joy to work with - a round and soft and smooth merino, dyed in the most gorgeous shades. (This one is Dancing Queen - a deep, bright, and rich purple.)
The pattern is for sale on the sidebar above or on Ravelry for $4.50. Some details are below and the rest are here.
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Bulky, shown in Dancing Queen. 300 (350) yds. 3 (3) skeins.
Needles: US #10.5/6.5mm long circulars
Gauge: 3.5 sts/5 rows = 1" in stockinette. Each pattern repeat = 4.5" wide
Sizes: 10" deep, 45 (49.5)" long. Instructions to modify for other sizes included.
Amanda said something funny. I know I had enough photos, but I love this one.
As for Nebbiolo, ask for it at your local wine shop.
Open it a bit ahead of time so it can breathe, and you'll be so very happy on a cold night.