A Quick DIY Knitting Gift Project!

Shawl Collar Cowla

The Shawl Collar Cowl shamelessly conjures the classic 'New England professor', if there is such a thing. The gray ribbed exterior transitions into a smooth, creamy white stockinette interior. Folded over and wrapped around, you'll be outstandingly warm, but not weighted down! This cowl is knit up in the nearly weightless Blue Sky Techno, a feather-light cloud of baby alpaca, extra-fine merino and silk.  

Note on the yarn used: Blue Sky's Techno is a cozy soft cloud of baby alpaca, extra fine merino and silk. Its feather-light, no-split finish is the result of a high-tech process that blows the alpaca and merino into a delicate mesh tube of silk. A real modern marvel! Choose from a well balanced palette of four groovy pop colors and six nature-inspired neutrals.
CONTENT: 68% baby alpaca , 10% extra fine merino, 22% silk
WEIGHT: 50 grams
LENGTH: approximately 120 yards
GAUGE: 3-5 stitches per inch
SUGGESTED NEEDLES: US 10.5 (6.5 mm); Hook size K
Price: $24.40

Or you can substitute a similar-weight yarn from something soft, like Webs'
 alpaca yarn, available in great colors from  http://www.yarn.com/webs-knitting-crochet-yarns-fiber-alpaca/webs-knitting-yarns-berroco-ultra-alpaca/

Free pattern at http://www.purlbee.com/shawl-collar-cowl/

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