Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dimpled Eyelet Cowl

Dimpled Eyelet Cowl

Okay, I hate to sound like an orange-yarn-hating jerk here, but I'm SO GLAD I FINISHED KNITTING THE TWO SKEINS OF THIS STUFF I BOUGHT (since I already knit the Feather Lace Cowl and the Gathered Mesh Cowl out of the same yarn).  Pheee-eeeew.  And now that that's off my chest, let's talk about the pattern.  At heart, this thing is based on an upside-down picot eyelet, and it's knit from the top down with stitches added every other row for shape (this also helps stagger the eyelet pattern).  It's a shape that's been brewing in my head for awhile now too, so I'm glad it's finally come to fruition.  It's also got a very lovely texture!

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Sateen (100% Acrylic; 300.7 yards [275 meters]/100 grams); #24 Orange Poppy - one skein

Ze pattern, mes amis.
Needles: One 24" circular needle in size 4

Notions: two stitch markers or scraps of yarn, tapestry needle

Gauge: 24 stitches = 4 inches

Cast on 161 stitches, place marker, join in round. 

Set-up Row 1: purl 80 stitches, place second marker, purl

Set-up Row 2: knit, slipping second marker when you come to it

And now that we're finished setting this bad boy up, let's get to the main pattern, which goes as follows:

Row 1: * k2tog, (yo) twice, ssk * until you reach marker.  Then, yo, slip marker, k1, yo again, and resume pattern (* k2tog, (yo) twice, ssk *)

Row 2: knit all except for double yo's, where you will p1 in the first loop and k1 through the back of the second loop

Row 3: knit until second marker; yo, slip marker, k1, yo, knit until end

Row 4: * k1, p2, k1 * until you are 2 stitches from second marker; k2, slip marker, k3.  Then resume pattern (* k1, p2, k1 *)

Row 5: k2, * k2tog, (yo) twice, ssk * until you reach marker.  Then, yo, slip marker, k1, yo again, and resume pattern (* k2tog, (yo) twice, ssk *).  End by knitting 2.

Row 6: knit all except for double yo's, where you will p1 in the first loop and k1 through the back of the second loop

Row 7: knit until second marker; yo, slip marker, k1, yo, knit until end

Row 8: k2, * k1, p2, k1 * until you are two stitches from second marker; k2, slip marker, k3 and then resume pattern (* k1, p2, k1 *).  End by knitting 2.

Continue in pattern until piece measures 5", or desired length (I'm gonna be honest here - I ran out of yarn on this one, although I also think it turned out to be a pretty ideal size), and you've just knit either row 3 or row 7 of the pattern.  Purl one final row and then bind off loosely.


13 comments:

  1. How cute. What are the finished measurements?

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    1. Oh geez. To be honest, I didn't take them, and I don't have the finished piece any more. The best I can do, then, is estimate. And I would say that the inner circumference (so the hole your head goes through) is around 26 - 28 inches, and that the outer circumference is more like 33 - 35". Sorry I can't be more precise!

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  2. I really like this cowl & the 1 skein idea! thanks

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    1. I'm glad you like it! I like the 1 skein idea so much that I haven't knit a scarf in years; just can't bring myself to buy all that yarn!!! Of course, now that I've said that I'll probably end up making a scarf within a week or two, just to say I did....

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  3. LOVE it!! What a great pattern & it looks good on both sides :-) can't wait to start one - you are so clever, thank you!! x

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    1. No, thank you! I'm happy to hear you like the pattern!

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  4. just started this last night in a gorgeous Riviera blue...thanks so much!!!

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    1. Sounds beautiful! And please, let me know if you have any questions!

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    2. Gretchen, I bought this yarn thinking I'd make a lace scarf but I am not sure this yarn has the body for it. Is the secret using small needles? I was going to use 6's but I see your pattern is in 4's. I like this cowl but I had my heart set on a feather and fan pattern. I bought this yarn on a whim and wish I had a better feel for yarns, alas...

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    3. Also, could you explain what "k1-back" means. I checked your abbreviations but didn't see it in the list! I feel like it means "knit one in the the back of the stich" but not sure...Thanks!

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    4. Hi Jen!

      Yes, it means knit through back loop. I realized that I had been inconsistent with my notation for this recently, but of course I couldn't remember where all I had used it. Thanks for catching it!

      As far as your other question is concerned - I definitely think this yarn would look better on small needles unless you're doing a very open mesh. It might simply look sloppy on 6's. And matching the right pattern to the right yarn is hard work, even if it took me years of knitting to figure it out! I hope you find both the pattern and the yarn you're looking for :)

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    5. Thanks for such a prompt reply! This yarn is way too floppy...I regret I didn't look at the available patterns for it before purchasing it. It wasn't terribly expensive and I find that motivates me too often and then I regret. To your credit, your dimpled cowl is the prettiest thing I have seen worked in this yarn. I believe you matched the pattern to the qualities of the yarn best. It needs small needles but who has months to work on something...So the open mesh gets you where you need to go it seems reasonably quickly...I am working it in a very bright orange!

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    6. I have the same buying issues you do... and then I get home and wonder what on earth I was thinking! And I love a good bright orange! Good luck!!!

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