Saturday, February 15, 2014

Stripe and Spot Cowl

Stripe and Spot Cowl

At some point, I think I made an unconscious decision to knit something for everyone who works at my kids' preschool. And this particular piece is intended for a certain Miss Mary, who requested something a little bit warm and a little bit fun. So here's what I came up with - a nice weight for our frosty spring!

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Worsted (100% Pure New Wool; 210 yards [192 meters]/100 grams); #202 Aran – one skein (color A), Cascade 220 Superwash (100% Superwash Wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams) #1942 Mint - one skein (color B), and #1960 Pacific - one skein (color C)

Needles: One 24" circular needle in size 7

Notions: Tapestry needle, 3 stitch markers

Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches

Using color A, cast on 120 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Knit one row in a * k1, p1 * pattern, placing one extra marker after working 57 stitches, and another extra marker 5 stitches away from that (so the first marker should be 57 stitches from the beginning of the round and the second marker should be 58 stitches from the end of the round). On your next row, use a * p1, k1 * pattern, slipping extra markers when you reach them, and then knit one more row like your first, also slipping the markers (so you'll have three rows of seed stitch). Then we'll switch to our pattern, which is a total bastardization of Stripe and Spot Pattern from page 56 of Barbara G. Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns.

Row 1: using color A, knit until first marker, slip marker, k1, yo, knit until you're one stitch before second marker, yo, k1, slip marker, knit until end of round

Row 2: using color A, k1, * k2tog, (yo) twice, ssk; rep from * until you reach first marker, slip marker, knit until you reach next marker, and slip marker; then * k2tog, (yo) twice, ssk * until you're two stitches before end of round; end k2

Row 3: using color A, k1, * k1, (k1, p1) in double yo, k1 * until you reach first marker; slip marker, k1, yo, knit until you're one stitch before second marker, yo, k1, slip marker, and then * k1, (k1, p1) into double yo, k1 * until you're two stitches before end of round; end k2

Row 4: using color A, knit, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Row 5: using color B, knit, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Row 6: using color B, purl, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Row 7: using color C, * slip 1 with yarn in back, k1 * until end of round, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Row 8: using color C, * slip 1 with yarn in back, p1 * until end of round, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Row 9: using color B, knit, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Row 10: using color B, purl, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Rows 11 & 12: using color A, * k1, slip 1 with yarn in back * until end of round, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Knit rows 1 - 12 five times through, and then knit rows 1 - 4 once more (and yes, you can clip the tails for your accent colors and remove your extra stitch markers now). Complete three rows in seed stitch, as you did for the first three rows of the piece. Bind off loosely in pattern, and tuck in ends.







4 comments:

  1. I love this cowl! Thank you so much for the pattern!

    Linda in VA

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    1. I'm glad to hear you like it! And please, if you knit it, let me know if you need any help!

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  2. Love this thank and you for sharing! I think after reading the pattern over and over I feel like I just might be able to tackle this. I'm a beginner but ready for a challenge :)

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    1. The biggest hint I can offer is that it's virtually impossible to make the yarn behind your slipped stitches too loose (and much, much easier to pull things too tight, which will bunch up your piece). Luckily, you're only slipping one stitch at a time with this pattern, which makes it a good choice if you don't have much experience with the technique. And also, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

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