Posted by: apopalyptic | 12/20/2011

Cowl Aesthetics

Now that rowing season is over, Abigail is back to partaking in the fiber arts. She’s made a few scarves and hats thus far, and also this awesome cowl:

The pattern is called the Brioche Cowl, from the Knit 1 LA blog. It’s a free pattern and fairly quick and easy. The yarn was purchased at the amazing local yarn store Fibre Space, and pretty close to what’s used in the original. I would call this color taupe, which is to say it’s definitely not beige (yuck!) and not really gray. And I refuse to call a color by the unfortunate portmanteau “greige” because that’s not a word that should be said out loud. It’s a lovely neutral that can be work with other neutrals, as seen here with my favorite black t-shirt; and, I suppose you could wear it with brighter colors that go with our apopalyptic aesthetic, such as Pantone’s color of 2012, Tangerine Tango — check out this swatch:

And apocalyptic for fairly obvious reasons:

–It covers the face so that you can still see, protecting the wearer from pollution or weather elements like wind or pellets of acid rain.

–It looks good in a neutral color and is designed for relatively thick yarn, which means you’ll keep very warm. Or, if you don’t have any yarn like this available, you could fashion something out of plastic bags (like the ones from the Safeway) that haven’t biodegraded or old scraps you fashion into some kind of knitting material.

–It’s giant! Everything post apocalyptic is giant like this, right?

Abigail said to me: in making this, I totally get why knitting is apocalyptic. Because you can make  your own clothes. Of course!

Here’s some more photos of the cowl styled differently:


  1. How is something called a capelet going to be apocalyptic?

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