Recently, I was really pleased to be able to test knit a pattern for fellow City & Guilds Hand Knit Textiles student Jem Arrowsmith. I met Jem earlier this year at our course knit weekend and have kept in touch with her since. The design I tested is called the Three Seas Cowl and it was a delight to knit.
I would say this pattern is for an intermediate knitter, it's not complicated and is easy to knit. However, it has a provisional cast on, short rows and a three needle bind off. I hadn't used any of these techniques prior to knitting this pattern and found them all fairly easy to pick up.
The pattern uses around 100g of aran yarn. I chose Malabrigo Rios 227 Vulcan Aran. It's a pure merino super wash and I absolutely love the autumn colourway. I actually only used 79g (roughly 166 yards) for this pattern.
I used 6mm needles and did a gauge swatch which came out as required for the pattern. I also used the gauge swatch to practice the cast on and bind off.
I think in total it took me about 9 hours to make - once the first pattern repeat is complete it's quite easy to get in to it. Mine came out a little smaller than the specified dimensions, but I didn't block it (naughty!) and it fits me comfortably.
The pattern has written instructions and a chart. I'm still a chart novice so I stuck to the written instructions, which were easy to follow and clearly written.
Oh, and at the end you get to drop some stitches...on purpose!
I really enjoyed making this cowl and I can't wait to try it again in a different colour.