Another Cowl? Yes, Another Cowl.

I got a lot done on my moebius cowl waiting in the Detroit Metro airport for my flight back home after Christmas, but discovered a knot in the yarn just before the end.  Since I hadn’t packed a tapestry needle, figuring that I’d just weave in the ends when I got home, I didn’t have a good way to join the yarn.  I’ve recently discovered a method described in (I think) Wendy Johnson’s book Wendy Knits Lace.  I checked it out from my local library a couple of weeks ago, and don’t have it in my apartment any longer, so I’m not suree.  Further bulletins as events warrant.

Whatever the publication, the method is to thread a tapestry needle with the yarn tail, and then turn the needle back and weave it through the yarn, starting a couple of inches back from the cut end.  When you pull the yarn through, you end up with a loop.  Then, thread the new yarn through the tapestry needle, pass it through the loop in the yarn tail, and weave it back and forth through itself just like the first.  You can then tighten up the loops and smooth out the woven ends.  There will be a thicker portion in the yarn, but a small adjustment in tension evens out the gauge and the join is very strong.

I wove in the ends this afternoon, and finished the cowl.  I love the shape.  The middle row, which is actually the provisional cast on, has a bit of a strange look to it, but it’s actually less noticeable in real life than it is in this picture.

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