18 September, 2008 at 11:59 pm (knitting)


I was wondering earlier why this thing took me so long to knit—12 days—when I can whip through other stuff no problem, and I did some quick math in my head, and realized that this cowl has 18,700 stitches. Not including the cast-on and the bind off. So that must be why it took so long. Why, a pair socks (which I can whip through in a week) must have only like 10,000 stitches, right? Research, research, swear at Google for being entirely unhelpful, research… 20,000 stitches?


But this cowl was all complicated and stuff. Colourwork! Double knitting! Complex charting! Hmm, didn’t I design and knit an entire pair of heavily patterned socks in a week, that one time?


But sock stitches are smaller, right? So they go faster! Less yarn per stitch means faster stitches! Yes, exactly. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Pattern: Tapestry Cowl
Yarn: Decadent Fibers Marshmallow in Grey Goose and Plum Pudding
Needles: US3/3.25mm 24″ circs (I skipped the magic looping recommended in the pattern)
On Ravelry here.



  1. Ktb38 said,

    It’s so great! I love it!

  2. Guro said,

    Absolutely gorgeous! Great work and I bet absolutely worth the effort.

  3. turtlegirl76 said,

    It looks fantastic! 12 days is great for a difficult project like this!

  4. Carol said,


  5. trillian42 said,

    Holy crap that looks awesome!!!

  6. orata said,

    Very beautiful! And it looks so warm.

  7. Loopykd said,

    That is just beautiful!

  8. artkid said,

    Oh, Marthe would love this! Awesome! 😀 Definitely can tell you put a lot of time and effort into this!

  9. cartoongoddess said,

    Wow! That’s gorgeous!

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