The Align Cowl

It is finished! And I love the way it turned out. The pattern is called Align, created by Norah Gaughan, published in Berroco.


  • US Size 8 needles: I use Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles and love them
  • Caron Simply Soft Solids yarn: worsted weight, 1 skein (315g), colorway Country Blue

The Process:

I used an invisible provisional cast on to make sure I didn’t have a break in the lace pattern. It was my first time doing the provisional cast on for lacework, and it went…less than optimal. Though it does look much better than doing a mattress stitch to seam it together in the end!

This is what happens when your stitch count gets messed up when picking up the provisional cast on.


I found it very difficult to pick up the stitches on my provisional cast on, particularly at the very middle of the row with the “Slip 1, K2tog, PSSO”. I am fairly sure I picked up 3 stitches instead of 1 for that and it got me all out of what. However, I still think it looks better than having a mattress stitch seam. A mattress stitch seam is much more bulky comparatively.

Here is how a mattress seam looks on the inside (the picture is from another project). It is much more bulky; the Align cowl is so light and airy that the mattress seam would really bog it down.

If I were to make the cowl again, I would consider knitting the first and last row of the scarf so that the kitchener seam would be easier to do, being able to count the stitches much more easily.



The magic of blocking! It does amazing things for lace knitting, just opens it up so beautifully.

And that’s all she wrote about this project. Now to decide if this will be a scarf to keep or gift! If you want a quick, beautiful scarf project that uses one skein of Simply Soft, this is a great one to knit!

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