Thursday, February 20, 2014

Porcelain Moon Cowl

Porcelain Moon Cowl

Okay, I know the name for this one is goofy. But the design reminds me of something between fine china and Sailor Moon, and I don't have a name for the stitch, so I got stuck. And, either way, it's a closer-fitting, quick-knitting cowl that gets a bit of a different look from the faux-bow gather of the front.

Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Solstice (70% Organic Cotton, 30% Wool; 100 yards [91 meters]/50 grams); #2346 Faded Teal – one skein (color A) & Skacel Urban Silk (80% Silk, 20% Cotton; 93 yards [85 meters]/50 grams); #01 Cream – one skein (color B)

Needles: One 16" or 20" circular needle in size 8

Notions: Tapestry needle, 3 stitch markers

Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches (roughly - my two skeins are slightly different gauges, but I'm not worrying about it)

Using color A, cast on 117 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Next, purl 9, place marker, and purl until you're 9 stitches from the end of the round. Place a second marker, and purl until you reach the end of the round. Purl two more rows, slipping additional markers when you come to them. And now, it's time to begin the pattern, which goes as follows:

Row 1: using color A, knit until two stitches before first marker, k2tog, slip marker, and knit until second marker. Then, slip marker, ssk, and knit til end of round

Row 2: using color A, knit, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Row 3: using color B, k1, * slip 1 with yarn in back, k1; rep from *, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Row 4: using color B, p1, * slip 1 with yarn in back, p1; rep from *, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Row 5: using color A, slip 1 with yarn in back, * k1, slip 1 with yarn in back *, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Row 6: using color A, slip 1 with yarn in back, * p1, slip 1 with yarn in back *, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Rows 7 & 8: using color B, knit, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Rows 9 & 10: using color A, knit, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Knit rows 1 - 10 four times, and then knit row 1 twice more. And then we'll move on to the following rows:

Row 1: using color B, knit until two stitches before first marker, k2tog, remove marker, and knit until second marker. Then, remove marker, ssk, and knit til end of round (so you're done with your markers)

Rows 2 - 9: using color B, purl

Rows 10 - 12: using color A, knit

Row 13: using color B, knit

Rows 14 - 17: using color B, purl

Row 18: using color B, knit 50. Then, find the stitch from row 1 of this section of the pattern which is directly below your next stitch and insert your needle into the front of it and draw it up in a loop; slip loop onto left-hand needle and knit it together with next stitch. Repeat the same thing for the next two stitches, and then knit until the end of the round. Using color A, bind off loosely. If desired, roll purl edging at the bottom of the cowl towards inside of piece, and stitch in place. Tuck in ends.





14 comments:

  1. I'm glad I have the scarf to knit. Every time I think I've decided on the cowl pattern for Annie, you post a new one that I really like. Very pretty!

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  2. Every time I find a pattern I like on allfreeknitting, it turns out to be one of yours! I am so impressed with your patterns!! They are easy to make and clearly written. Thank you so much!!!

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    1. That's what I love to hear! :) Thank you for the lovely compliment, and remember, if you ever have any questions about any of my patterns, I'm always happy to help.

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  3. I'm thinking about making this in all one color first, in some yummy baby alpaca yarn I have (I have 200 yards). Would I just ignore the color changes? Follow everything else?

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    1. Hi Tessa!

      Yes, just go ahead and skip any color change directions! :) I should warn you, though - the slipped stitch pattern will be harder to keep track of without the color changes, and of course will only provide texture instead of color change (duh! but I'm just trying to point out that it will be less obvious). Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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  4. Hi Gretchen, many thanks for this gorgeous pattern, and lots of others I see on your blog too! I'm not an experienced knitter and this is the first pattern using circular needles that I've followed. All good so far though, but have one query over the slip stitches on the additional markers. I'm just slipping over the original marked stitch each time so it's not being incorporated into my work. As I've worked through the repeat at the beginning, I can't work out how this stitch will be worked back into the scarf- only thing I can imagine, is that it provides some sort of gather but don't want to carry on until I know. (I may have to unravel work anyway, as my circular needle is coiled and I think has twisted my work, so may need to relax it in hot water and start again anyway!) Thanks for any help you can provide. xx

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    1. Hi Julie!

      First off, I'm glad to hear that you're attempting circular knitting - it's very worthwhile! And secondly (and please correct me if I'm wrong), it sounds like you're worried that the extra stitch markers should be doing something, pattern-wise. Luckily, that's not true - they don't do anything to the pattern, they're simply there so I don't have to give you obnoxious directions like (sl1, k1) 50 times or whatever - basically, they just mark a place, but do nothing else. So it sounds like you're treating them correctly! Anyway, let me know if this isn't your question or if you're confused. :)

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  5. Thanks Gretchen, I am still confused I'm afraid! The marked slipped stitches arent being knitted into the fabric of the scarf so I definitely have done something wrong- it's like I've got this loose stitch at the bottome of my work- I've done two repeats of the first 10 rows so it's only going to get harder to slip once I have done the forty. That's why I feel I've done something wrong. All it will do at the moment is gather up that part of the scarf when I knit it back in - almost like the band round an umbrella to hold it together if that makes sense!

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    1. Okay, I think I understand - you have slipped stitches that aren't getting worked. You shouldn't be slipping any stitches more than two rows - the same stitches are slipped on rows 3 & 4, but then you switch which stitches you're slipping and working on row 5, so all of the slipped stitches from row 4 should be knit on row 5. Perhaps you missed the fact that they were staggered?

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    2. Thank you so much - I think I must have done! Glad I asked, and really appreciate your help! As I said, I have to unravel ,to relax my wire so all good practise!

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    3. Sorry for the unraveling but glad you figured it out! Let me know if you have any other questions!!! :)

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  6. Oi, vc não tem em video o padrão? obrigada!

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    1. Hi! Which technique do you need a video for specifically? I am happy to help find or make some for you. :)

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