Here’s a free cowl pattern we hope you’ll want to make again and again. The stitch pattern will work well with any size yarn; we made ours in bulky on 100 stitches. It’s simple enough for a new knitter and looks great made up either in solid or striping/variegated yarns – or both together!
100 STITCH COWL
Shown above in bulky weight yarn, adaptable for any yarn & needle size (See Note on Gauge, below)
Yarn: 240 yards bulky weight yarn
Sample made with 2 balls Lana Grossa Alta Moda Cashmere 16 (50g/110m), colors 07 & 10, and US #10.75/7mm needle
Finished Size: 9” x 33”
Needles/Notions: 24” circular US #11/8mm or size appropriate to your yarn
Cast on 100 stitches using the Long Tail cast on method.
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Place a ring marker at end of round and slip at the start of each round.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: [Knit 1, Purl 1]; repeat [ ] to end of round
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 to desired length, ending after Round 2. If changing colors, change to new color at the start of Round 1.
Bind off in purl as follows: purl first two stitches of round, slip first stitch on right needle over the second stitch. Purl 1, slip first stitch on right needle over the second stitch; repeat until one stitch remains.
Cut yarn, leaving about a 6” tail, and secure tail by pulling through last stitch.
Finishing: Weave at least 2-2½” of each yarn tail into fabric with a darning needle. Soak in cool water, blot dry on towels, and lay flat to air dry. To prevent creases, insert a cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels inside each edge, much like a scroll, and roll the cowl over several times as it dries.
Note on Gauge: This pattern is easily adapted for smaller or bigger yarn. You’ll need to check the suggested size needle and gauge for your yarn (typically the number of stitches worked over 4” in stockinette) and cast on an even number of stitches for desired circumference for your cowl. For example, the gauge for worsted weight yarn is often listed as 18 stitches = 4” on a US #8/5mm. For a 33” cowl at this gauge, cast on 148 stitches. Yardage needed to complete project will go up as needle size goes down.
Here’s something else we love, Carolyn Kern’s Thompson River Socks, which appeared this fall in the 20th Anniversary edition of Interweave Knits. These worsted weight socks will keep your feet warm and stylish with a little colorwork, some cables, and knit and purl gansey patterning. Carolyn will teach a 2-part workshop in making these toe-up beauties on November 12 & 19. Both sessions will meet 1:00-3:00 p.m. The pattern is sized for child (shown in red), adult female, and adult male (shown in grey).
We are offering a kit to make the grey version with enough HiKoo Sueño worsted yarn to make a pair in the largest size (8¾” foot circumference, 10½” foot length) for $38. Kit may be purchased without class registration, but you really don’t want to miss this chance to learn from the designer herself. Congratulations, Carolyn, on having your design published in an issue of Knits that is sure to become a collector’s edition.
And congratulations to newlywed Rachel! Here she is on Her Day in her spectacularly beautiful wedding shawl knit in Jaggerspun Zephyr. (She not only made her own shawl, she grew the flowers for her bouquet, too!)
Catherine also chose a rich, deep purple for her Guernsey Wrap* from Jared Flood. The yarn is Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash Worsted, and it does a great job of showing off Catherine’s stitches in patterns drawn from traditional Guernsey fishermen’s sweaters.
More royal purple! Joanne modified MJ Kim’s Claudia hat pattern, giving it a pompom topper. Her yarn is Simplinatural from HiKoo.
Did you see Joanne’s baby hat in the last post? Here are the matching socks, which have the lace pattern from the hat on the leg (which had to be knit in the toe-to-cuff direction) with the foot portion of JM Cobb’s free pattern Wee Socks for Wee Feet (which had to be knit in the cuff-to-toe direction). To accomplish this, Joanne used a provisional cast on for the sock just above the heel flap and knit down to the toe. She then picked up the ankle stitches from the cast on and knit up to the cuff. That’s really using your knitting know-how!
Ann Weaver’s Yipes Stripes Cowl* is a sampler of different techniques for striping, which include a turned hem, slipped stitches, and a two-color bind off. Jane took a class with Ann Weaver and made hers with Rowan Pure Wool and stash yarn.
Let’s take a closer look at all those cool ways to stripe up your knitting:
The stripes in my Herald*, from designer Janina Kallio, come from five colors of SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock.
I never thought I’d ever knit with yarn the color of Cheetos®, but I absolutely loved making this. We have these colors in stock if you’d like your own happy-making Herald.
Joan is doubling down on her striping, thanks to the wonderful “new” technique of Sequence Knitting. Here is her own original personal cowl pattern worked in a broken garter rib in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok. Don’t you love the contrast sections of solid grey and barn red?
We’re trying to do our part to spread the good news of Sequence Knitting, too. Right now we are sampling a new shop pattern for a scarf that would be both a great first knitting project and a satisfying “autopilot” knit for a more experienced knitter. We’re using silky Acadia from Fibre Company. It’s about half finished, so if you visit us soon, you’re welcome to pick it up, knit a few rows, and become a convert to Sequence Knitting. The pattern will appear here in the blog soon.
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!