I’m almost done with the Rio Calina Cowl by Cat Bordhi.
It has been a calming way to spend time thinking about this wholly original teacher and designer.
(Clara Parkes’s remembrance of Cat is superb, if you haven’t had a chance to read it.)
Some designers work in traditional shapes and silhouettes. Some are tweakers. And then there’s Cat Bordhi.
Who refused to do much of anything the way anybody else had ever done it.
This Rio Calina Cowl pattern was one of Cat’s parting gifts to us all. For me, it has been a special source of calm during the past week.
I am a longtime fan of randomly placed cables. One of our sock patterns from way back when, the Stephen Colbert Socks, uses random cables.
Random cables are a true delight.
Once you start randomly knitting cables, they start telling you what to do next. It’s kind of amazing.
The knitting here is a simple rectangle.
But, typical for Cat, the construction joins the edges with a clever twist, making this cowl something much more interesting.
Once I wash and block this, I’ll stitch the edges A to A and B to B, just as she says, and shake my head once again at the surprise of how this turns out.
The yarn here is Jill Draper’s Mohonk Light, which I doubled to get worsted weight gauge. The color is Jill’s amazing Spinach. Two skeins needed to make this, held double.
If you have not yet tried random cables, give it a go. Superfun. And Cat’s pattern makes it even more scrumptrelescent.