Friday, March 28, 2014

Sweet Strawberry Cowl

 
Sweet Strawberry Cowl

This was one of those projects that was inspired by the yarn as much as anything; with a lovely, glossy drape and a reversible mesh at the neck, this is the sort of design that would look good in any cotton or cotton blend (well, I'm sure there are plenty of other yarns it would look good in too, but it's well suited to a fiber with less give, like cotton). Long story short, this cowl is simple but striking and looks killer on. And what more can you ask for, really? 

From the back
Yarn: SMC Select Violena Colori (50% Cotton, 50% Modal; 109 yards [100 meters]/50 grams); color #4324 Strawberry – two skeins

Needles: Straight needles in size 6

Notions: Tapestry needle, two stitch markers


Gauge: 21 stitches = 4 inches

To begin, cast on 30 stitches, and then knit the following set-up rows:

Set-up row 1 (right side): knit

Set-up row 2: p22, place marker, p2, place marker, purl until end of row

And now we'll begin the pattern, which goes as follows:

Row 1: k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k1, slip marker, knit until next marker, slip marker, k1, * yo, ssk; rep from * until there's one stitch left in row, end k1

Rows 2 & 4: k1, * yo, ssk * until there's one stitch before first marker, k1, slip marker, purl until next marker, slip marker, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k1

Row 3: k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k1, slip marker, k1, m1l, knit until next marker, slip marker, k1, * yo, ssk; rep from * until there's one stitch left in row, end k1

Knit rows 1 - 4 until you have 24 stitches between your two markers. Now we'll continue without any increases, or knitting just rows 1 & 2, until the piece measures roughly 15" inches along top edge, or until you're about 9 inches from your desired finished length (obviously, if you decide to make this a bunch longer, you'll more yarn). Now, we'll begin some decreases in the stockinette portion of this item, which go as follows:

Row 1: k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k1, slip marker, ssk, knit until next marker, slip marker, k1, * yo, ssk * until there's one stitch left in row, end k1

Rows 2 & 4: k1, * yo, ssk * until there's one stitch before first marker, k1, slip marker, purl until next marker, slip marker, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k1

Row 3: k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k1, slip marker, knit until next marker, slip marker, k1, * yo, ssk; rep from * until there's one stitch left in row, end k1

Knit rows 1 - 4 until you have two stitches between your two markers and you've just finished row 2 of the pattern. Knit across one more right-side row, removing extra markers, and purl across one more wrong-side row. Then, bind off loosely. For best results, block flat before seaming and finishing.




11 comments:

  1. the color of this yarn is scrumptious! So is the cowl!!

    Linda in VA

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    1. Linda -

      Scrumptious is the perfect word for this yarn! I loved everything about it - and especially how it knit up!!!

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    1. Hi Trish! Ssk is a left-slanting decrease (it stands for slip slip knit). You can find plenty of instructions for it online, but here's a link to one:

      http://www.wikihow.com/Slip-Slip-Knit

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  3. OK I have to ask. Is there a way this could be knit in the round and avoid the seaming at the end? It is gorgeous.

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    1. It's funny, I got the same question by email! As far as I can tell, this particular mesh would be difficult to accomplish in the round (since I don't know an easy way to reverse an ssk), and the fact that the piece gets wider in the middle would have to be accomplished using short rows. Or in other words, I wouldn't be able to convert this piece properly without changing a number of details and knitting it up again. However, I am working on a similar design right now that, while different (it's two color, although that's optional, and doesn't include the shaping), has many similar elements. If you'd like to check back, the pattern should be up on Friday!

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    2. You could try doing the provisional cast on. And "repeat rows 1-4" there are only 3 that I see. I'm going to double check that after I post.

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    3. Oops. I got it now. Can't wait to try it.

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    4. I've never done a provisional cast-on! By all means, if you come up with a way to convert this pattern, please share. I'd love to see it!

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  4. Cannot print this pattern, the page runs together and the ads on the page run into the pattern is it possible to email me the pattern cbarth1956@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Jane! The pattern should be in your inbox now! And if you have any trouble with that, you can also find a pdf of it on Craftsy at http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/sweet-strawberry-cowl/91133

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