I used US size 5 needles with Madelinetosh dk and followed the pattern completely for the cowl and it turned out so, so pretty. It's an easy to memorize lace stitch that really works for car trips and conversations. I found I could do this while playing Skip-bo or Settlers of Catan. This is only my second time to use Madelinetosh and it really lives up to the mystique. I feel incredibly fancy knitting with it while wearing pajamas.
I love the Lowlands color way so much I used another skein for the Rathtrevor Mitts by Jane Richmond. Is anything more beautiful than these colors? It looks like the recessed areas of a blue juniper, hence the name Juniper Mitts.
In keeping with the downsizing, I only increased for the thumb until there were 11 stitches between markers. On the second round of the thumb, I knit the two stitches I had picked up together.
I lengthened the hand portion a bit by knitting 5 extra rows.
Don't these two make a great set?