Faux Fur? Yeah, you heard me right!
Sometime in about 1974, my mom bought a groovy white leather jacket with a faux fox collar. I loved it! I didn't know it was faux, of course, and I decided then and there that I would have a coat just like Mom's and wear it all the time.
Well, I never got a white leather coat, but I have been looking at a lot of faux fur yarn lately. I got a skein of black yarn with white fur puffs here and there, and it's waiting to become a cowl. And at a trade show I saw these gorgeous faux fur pompoms that I can't stop thinking about! They were so soft you could barely feel them! I want to get two and put them on the ends of a scarf.
Recently I came across a fabulous cowl made with faux fur trim. I love it! The cowl was featured in series 900 of Knitting Daily TV, where designer Laura Bryant talks about how to use faux fur yarn; it's care and handling, if you will. Here's that segment for you:
I want one in every color—how about you? Here's the pattern. (Click on the title for a PDF version.)
Size: One size, approx 10" x 36"
Yarn: 1 full skein Neat Stuff, Wild Stuff, or Cool Stuff (A); 2 skeins Plume (B)
Needles: Circular needles U.S. 9 and 10 or size to get gauge
Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4" with Stuff on U.S. 9 needles
With B and #10 needle, CO 120 sts. Knit 2 rows. Join for circular knitting, taking care not to twist. Work garter stitch (k 1 rnd, p 1 rnd) for 4 rnds. Change to A and stockinette st (k every rnd) and work to 5". Change to # 9 needle and work to 7". Dec 10 sts evenly spaced around next rnd. Knit 1 rnd. Dec 10 sts evenly spaced on next rnd. Cont to 8". Work 9 rnds B in garter st on #9 needle, then BO all sts in B with elastic bind off: *k 2 tog, slip st back to LH needle* repeat **. Fasten off and bury end.
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