Sunday, January 5, 2014

Kids' Bowknot Cowl

Kids' Bowknot Cowl

Naturally, as soon as I had finished the Kids' Star Cowl for my four-year-old, my two-year-old wanted his own "garf" as well. And this bowknot pattern creates a near-perfect cowl slouch and texture. My only word of warning is to be careful about your yarn choice; I had a ton of Superwash wool on hand, and my two-year-old loved this color. It is not, however, as soft as he would prefer, and if you're knitting this for a child who's picky about textures, you may want to go for a light worsted-weight cotton or bamboo instead.

Sizes: Ages 2 - 3 (Ages 4 - 6, Ages 7 - 12)
Bowknot Pattern

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (100% Superwash Wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams); #812 Turquoise – one skein (one skein, one skein)

Needles: 16" circular needle in size 6 (16" circular needle in size 7, 20" circular needle in size 6)

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette on size 6 needles

Cast on 90 (90, 108) stitches loosely using your 16" circular needle in size 6 (16" circular needle in size 7, 20" circular needle in size 6), place marker, and join in round. Knit three rows in a k1, p1 ribbing, and then knit one row around. And now that these four rows are complete, let's move on to the main pattern, which is Bowknot Stitch from page 133 of Barbara G. Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, except adapted for the round. So let's get started!

Rows 1 & 2: * k9, p9; rep from *

Rows 3, 4, 5, & 6: knit

Rows 7 & 8: repeat rows 1 & 2

Row 9: * k13, insert needle into front of next stitch 9 rows below and draw it up in a loop; slip loop onto left-hand needle and knit it together with next stitch; k4 *

Row 10: knit

Rows 11 & 12: * p9, k9 *

Rows 13, 14, 15, & 16: knit

Rows 17 & 18: repeat rows 11 & 12

Row 19: * k4, insert needle into front of next stitch 9 rows below and draw it up in a loop; slip loop onto left-hand needle and knit it together with next stitch; k13 *

Row 20: knit

For ages 2 - 3, knit rows 1 - 20 once, and then knit rows 1 - 19 once more. Complete three final rows in a k1, p1 ribbing, and then bind off loosely in the ribbing pattern and tuck in ends.

For ages 4 - 6, knit rows 1 - 20 twice, and then knit rows 1 - 9 once more. Complete three final rows in a k1, p1 ribbing, and then bind off loosely in the ribbing pattern and tuck in ends.

For ages 7 - 12, knit rows 1 - 20 twice, and then knit rows 1 - 19 once more. Complete three final rows in a k1, p1 ribbing, and then bind off loosely in the ribbing pattern and tuck in ends.



10 comments:

  1. You are blowing my mind. I'm sending this to my mom right now.

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    1. This one makes a really good kids' cowl. Ned has finally started wearing his, and it keeps its shape well.

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  2. Gretchen, I want to knit this cowl for my granddaughter. Deborah Prather (Sailor Girl)

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    1. Glad to hear it! And, just so you know, this pattern has turned out well every time I've seen it completed. :)

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  3. For the age 7-12; the pattern reads size 6, 20" needle. Is this correct or should it be a size 8 needle? Thank you

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    1. 6 is correct! And I imagine you're wondering because I recommended a size 7 needle for the middle size - that's just to make it a little teensy bit bigger than it would have been on a size 6, so it's more solidly between the other two sizes, not because you need to use a bigger needle for each one. :)

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    2. You're awesome! Thanks for responding. I can't wait to knit this cowl for my granddaughters!

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    3. Happy to help! And let me know if you have any other questions.

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  4. Will make the 7_12 for my great neice.Hope she enjoys it. If she does l will make more. Thankyou for a lovely pattern.

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    1. Wonderful! Let me know if you have any questions!!! :)

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