The first time I tried the Bandana Cowl I was using smaller than recommended yarn and needles. I made adjustments to the pattern but had not read the instructions properly so my adjustments were not quite right and the cowl was giant and by that, I mean GIANT. So I ripped it out.
This time, I am using the recommended needles and apparently, a thicker than recommended yarn. I got a lot further, but the cowl is still quite large. I took it off the needles and reviewed it with my Comadres earlier this week. My gauge is 3 stitches per inch instead of 4... so a frogging it will go too. :-/
|Should be ~19 inches around. The ruler shows it is more than 2 feet.|
I also learned that for my entire knitting career (4-5 years) I have been doing my purl stitches incorrectly. I have always purled through the back loop. Which is a perfectly legal and proper stitch, but not the correct purl stitch and does not give you stockinette when knitting short rows... assuming your knit stitch is proper and not also through the back loop.
It's a cool fabric... but as you can see there is a difference between the short rows at the bottom and the knit in the round at the top.
I will be reclaiming this yarn and then figuring out how to purl properly. In the meantime, Happy Fiber Arts Friday!