Monday, August 26, 2013

A Crafty House Free Original Pattern: Mid-December Cowl



Yes, I've been away for a while..... a long while.  This year has been a year of many changes, but I am now back and ready to craft.  There's no better way to get back into the swing of things than with a free pattern.  This cowl, an adaptation from my Mid-December Easy Knit Infinity Scarf, can easily be knit in one night.  The pattern creates an interesting texture and has the added plus of being reversible.  The size is easily adjusted and the pattern also includes modifications for knitting flat.  Grab your needles and cast this fun and easy project on!





Materials:
Size US 13 (9mm) 24" Circular Knitting Needles (or see modification for straight needles below)
2 Skeins of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn (or another worsted weight yarn). Each Skein is 3.5 oz. (100 g), 170 yd. (156 m) -- the color pictured is Silver Gray
Yarn Needle
Stitch Marker


Gauge:
6 STS and 11 rows = 4 inches in established pattern [see rows 1 - 3] 

Measurements:
About 9 inches wide and 32 inches in circumference


Instructions:
Holding yarn double, CO 56 STS and join in the round, marking the beginning/end of row
Row 1: [K2, P2] to the end of the round.  (Note: if you change the number of CO STS, make sure the number of CO STS is divisible by four so you end a row with a P2)
Row 2: [K2, P2] to the end of the round
Row 3: P to the end of the round
Repeat rows 1 - 3 seven more times.
Next Row: BO
Weave in ends and enjoy!

Modifications for Straight Needles

You will essentially be dividing the circular version in half and will sew 2 seams
CO 28 STS
Row 1:  [K2, P2] to the end
Row 2:  [P2, K2] to the end
Row 3: P to the end
Row 4:  [P2, K2] to the end
Row 5:  [K2, P2] to the end
Row 6: K to the end
Repeat Rows 1-6 three more times for a total of 24 rows.
Bind off and weave in ends.
Repeat panel and sew seams together to complete the circular cowl.

Abbreviations:BO = Bind off
CO = Cast On
K = Knit
P = Purl
ST(S) = Stitch(es)


This pattern is intended for individual, non-commercial use only.  Sale or publication of the pattern or product made from the pattern is prohibited without the consent of the author. 

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8 comments:

  1. This is pretty and I love the pattern! I can crochet, but have never tried knitting before. This makes me want to learn sometime.

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  2. Beautiful! I love the color of your yarn. I crocheted a cowl last year and wanted to wear it everyday throughout the winter! I need to take a stab at knitting this year though. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com

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  3. Hi, this cowl is so pretty. You did a great job knitting this. I saw it on ginger snap crafts.
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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  4. Just wanted to let you know that this project will be featured tomorrow on the atplayonline.com blog

    thanks
    megan

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  5. Hi. I have tried 3 times to get knit this and have it end up looking like this photo however it never does. I know how to knit but I think there is a step missing or something. Help?

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  6. I made this cowl out of Bernat varigated yarn in pinks, greens, blues and purple. Instead of purling row three I followed rows 1 and 2 for 2" then I purled. My finished product is about 13" tall. Have started another one in variagated dark blues and greens. Love this easy pattern.

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  7. Julie, I am currently knitting this on the straight needles and it doesnt look like the photo either . I thought I was doing something worng in the photo it shows a wide area of pearls . Mine isnt doing that ? Help ???

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  8. Hi Julie,

    I've tried knitting this using your straight needle instructions and they are not right at all. I don't think it's necessary to knit two sections, I just cast on 56 stitches and it works fine.
    It should be as follows:
    Row1: k2, p2 to the end
    Row 2, k2, p2 to the end
    Row 3 - purl the whole row
    Row 4 - p2, k2 to the end
    Row 5 - p2, k2 to the end
    Row 6 - knit the whole row
    Try that, I'm doing this off the top of my head. I think it's right.


    Also, you don't mention that you used two strands when knitting, I couldn't understand why mine didn't look like yours. I finally figured it out!

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