Some more vol. 3 fall/winter Magalogs just arrived from Skacel. They feature cowls made with Cat Bordhi's Moebius Cast On. The cowls are a tremendous amount of fun and can be completed fairly quickly--there is time to complete one or more before Christmas, if you are still looking for Christmas gifts.
There are patterns for 17 cowls which use patterns or techniques a-s. Each pattern instructs you on the number of stitches to cast on and which techniques to use--for example g for the first color, o for the second color and so on. The techniques include the moebius cast on and a couple of bind-off techniques.
You can't see it from my sample pictured above (I chose a very bad color to demonstrate), but I am working on both sides of the cowl at once. As the work progresses the project takes shape between the two coils of the 47 inch circular needle (which is set up as two coils, with the dreaded twist in between). It feels great to be doing a moebius on purpose--ha, all you socks and other circular projects that got off on the wrong foot, so to speak look at this!!!
I am thinking of doing a class starting the first week of December (so we can get in one more Christmas present) or right after Christmas
Here is a photo of the October Michelle Hunter/Skacel Knit Along Cowl. It used 4 color of Kenzie by HiKoo and could be made short or long. (The one pictured here is a short version.) The first skill was to learn a provisional cast on using a crochet hook. Two slipped stitch techniques were featured in the pattern to sharpen knitting technique knowledge. Finally we learned how to do the Kitchener stitch on a circular project. The cowl was knit as a tube and the two ends were stitched together after the provisional cast on was pulled out and the live stitches placed on a second needle.
The project was fun and I love the yarn--a really soft tweed composed of merino , nylon, angora, alpaca and silk.