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Faux Fur? Yeah, you heard me right!

Sep 21, 2012

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.)

Lush Cowl

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

Cowl
    
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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MaryN@21 wrote
on Sep 24, 2012 12:21 PM

The green cowl looks like someone fell off the Christmas tree -oh, no, not for me, no sirreee!!

Focusie wrote
on Sep 23, 2012 1:57 PM

horrendous, just plain awful, green fur, that would look good on...let me see... no one.

Focusie wrote
on Sep 23, 2012 1:55 PM

Green fur?!  Whenever they use "fun" to describe a pattern they are usually ugly, this is no exception.

hmbknit wrote
on Sep 23, 2012 10:50 AM

LOVE the cowl.  I've made 2 small ones so far.  First one I used Plume in center but thought was too "hairy".  So 2nd one I made with Minestrone in center and used rib pattern to give it some stretch.  Turned out really nice.  Can't wait to make more.

Meshanna wrote
on Sep 22, 2012 1:29 PM

Ditto about the cream colored bolero on the maniquin to the right. I would love to know what pattern this is as well.

LyndaC wrote
on Sep 22, 2012 9:38 AM

OOPS! Didn't mean to post that THREE times. And 4:33 PM?  Not hardly -- more like 7:39 AM. One of us is slightly off-kilter this morning!

LyndaC wrote
on Sep 22, 2012 9:33 AM

I'm with SharonW.  Patternworks yesterday launched their "Coyote" faux fur. Honey, I've **seen** coyotes, and the very last thing I'd want around my neck is something that looks dirty, matted, and mangy. Yuck. Sometimes, a knitter just has to put her foot down and say "Enough!" This is one of those times.

LyndaC wrote
on Sep 22, 2012 9:33 AM

I'm with SharonW.  Patternworks yesterday launched their "Coyote" faux fur. Honey, I've **seen** coyotes, and the very last thing I'd want around my neck is something that looks dirty, matted, and mangy. Yuck. Sometimes, a knitter just has to put her foot down and say "Enough!" This is one of those times.

LyndaC wrote
on Sep 22, 2012 9:33 AM

I'm with SharonW.  Patternworks yesterday launched their "Coyote" faux fur. Honey, I've **seen** coyotes, and the very last thing I'd want around my neck is something that looks dirty, matted, and mangy. Yuck. Sometimes, a knitter just has to put her foot down and say "Enough!" This is one of those times.

CSHarding wrote
on Sep 21, 2012 2:24 PM

Where can I get the patter for that beige bolero in the video?  Thanks!  Cshareing1@yahoo.com

azemkay wrote
on Sep 21, 2012 10:33 AM

I love the idea of using the faux fur yarn and I particularly wanted to make the cowl. However $100!!!!!!!! for a skein of the Cool/Wild Yarn, which isn't even nylon which is what the presenter said she preferred in faux fur yarns!

SharonW wrote
on Sep 21, 2012 8:43 AM

BIG YUCK to the fake fur.  Didn't like it the first time around and really dislike it now.  Can't manufacturers come up with something besides this ugly stuff to make money.