Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Colorblocked V Cowl

Colorblocked V Cowl

Guess what, dudes?!?! Today marks the publication of my 100th pattern (this one, of course), and to celebrate, I'm posting something I love so much that I'm even going to keep it. And not only is the Colorblocked V Cowl next-level cute, but it's also an excellent choice for your leftover yarns (in fact, I made it with the yarn remaining after I knit the Arrowhead Lace Cowl II and the Striped for Spring Cowl). So let's get right to it!

Yarn: Schachenmayr smc Cotton Bamboo (75% Cotton, 50% Bamboo; 131 yards [120 meters]/50 grams); #64 Aqua - one skein (color A), Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima (100% Pima Cotton; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams); #3777 African Violet - 1 skein (color B); #3705 Heathered Pansy - 1 skein (Color C)

Here you can see the detail a few slipped
stitches adds
Needles: One 16" or 20" circular needle in size 6

Notions: Tapestry needle, three stitch markers

Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches

So let's get started! Using your color A yarn, cast on 112 stitches, place marker, and join in round (please note that this cowl, when finished, will be just over 20 inches in circumference. This should accommodate most head sizes, since knit stuff stretches and all, but if you want instructions for a slightly larger piece, just hit me up. It's still ballstothewallsknits@gmail.com). Anyway, then you'll knit the following row to place your extra stitch markers:

Stitch Marker Placement Row: k1, (p1, k1) 27 times, place marker, p2, place marker, k1, * p1, k1; rep from * to end of round

And now, we'll move on to a seed stitch for the top band of this cowl, like so:

Row 1: p1, * k1, p1 * to first marker, slip marker, p2, slip marker, p1, * k1, p1 * to end of round

Row 2: k1, * p1, k1 * to first marker, slip marker, p2, slip marker, k1, * p1, k1 * to end of round

Knit rows 1 & 2 until piece measures just over 2" and you've just finished Row 2 of the pattern. On the next row, you'll be binding off some stitches in the back of the piece. Let's proceed like so:

Bind-off Row: p1, * k1, p1 * to first marker, slip marker, p2, slip marker, * p1, k1 * until there are 11 stitches left before round marker. Bind off the next 11 stitches in pattern, remove row marker, and bind off the first 11 stitches of the next round. Transfer final bind off stitch to left hand needle and clip tail of color A yarn. You should now have 44 stitches on either side of the p2 stripe in the middle, and from now on you'll be working back and forth instead of in the round and with your color B yarn. And we'll begin with a few transition rows, which go like so:

Transition Row 1 (right side): k1, p1, * slip 1 with yarn in back, k1 * until you reach marker, slip marker, p2, slip marker, * k1, slip 1 with yarn in back * until there are two stitches left in row; end p1, k1

Transition Row 2: p1, k1, * slip 1 with yarn in front, p1 * until you reach marker, slip marker, k2, slip marker, * p1, slip 1 with yarn in front * until you have two stitches left in row; end k1, p1

And once we've completed these two transition rows, it's time to begin the stockinette portion of this pattern, which incorporates two decreases every four rows, and goes like this:

Row 1: k1, p1, knit until first marker, slip marker, p2, slip marker, knit until there are two stitches left in row; end p1, k1

Rows 2 & 4: p1, k1, purl until first marker, slip marker, k2, slip marker, purl until there are two stitches left in row; end k1, p1

Row 3: k1, p1, knit until you're two stitches before first marker, k2tog, slip marker, p2, slip marker, ssk, knit until there are two stitches left in row; end p1, k1

Knit rows 1 - 4 until you have 38 stitches left before your first marker and you've just finished row 4 of your pattern (so you should have 38 stitches left after your second marker as well). Now we'll begin decreasing every right side row, like so:

Row 1: k1, p1, knit until you're two stitches before first marker, k2tog, slip marker, p2, slip marker, ssk, knit until there are two stitches left in row; end p1, k1

Row 2: p1, k1, purl until first marker, slip marker, k2, slip marker, purl until there are two stitches left in row; end k1, p1

Knit rows 1 & 2 until you have 30 stitches left before your first marker and you've just finished row 2 of your pattern (so you should have 30 stitches left after your second marker as well). Clip the tail of your color B yarn, since it's time to transition to your color C yarn with the following rows:

Transition Row 1 (right side): using color C, k1, p1, * slip 1 with yarn in back, k1 * until you have two stitches left before first marker; end k2tog, slip marker, p2, slip marker, ssk, and then * k1, slip 1 with yarn in back * until you're two stitches before end of row; end p1, k1

Transition Row 2: using color C, p1, k1, * slip 1 with yarn in front, p1 * until you're one stitch before first marker, p1, slip marker, k2, slip marker, p1, * p1, slip 1 with yarn in front * until you're two stitches before end of row; end k1, p1

And now we'll resume our decrease pattern in color C, like so:

Row 1: k1, p1, knit until you're two stitches before first marker, k2tog, slip marker, p2, slip marker, ssk, knit until there are two stitches left in row; end p1, k1

Row 2: p1, k1, purl until first marker, slip marker, k2, slip marker, purl until there are two stitches left in row; end k1, p1

Knit Rows 1 & 2 until you have 8 stitches left on your needle and you've just finished Row 2 of the pattern. Then work the following three rows:

Row 1 (right side): k1, k2tog, p2, ssk, k1

Row 2:  p2, k2, p2

Row 3: k2tog, p2, ssk

And once these are all done, bind off loosely in pattern and tuck in ends. Finally, block, like, for serious, 'cause this bad boy will definitely curl otherwise.





6 comments:

  1. thank you so ever much hun for all these beautiful cowl patterns you do for us all, I so so love your work. Just wanted to show you the appreciation in telling you how beautiful they all are hun, thank you and God Bless.

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    1. Thanks Debra! I always love to hear that my patterns are appreciated, and I'm delighted that you like them :)

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  2. Excellent color combination!! And such a lovely and unique construction of this cowl!
    I too thank you for your generous heart in giving us all of these patterns!

    Linda in VA

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    1. Thanks Linda! I'm excited to try more cowls in this style - I just came up with the idea, and I like the thought of having a narrower band in the back and more volume in the front... I'll have to see where the concept takes me!

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  3. I love this! Fun to see the wheels turning, then the finished product.

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    1. It looks even better on, but I'm too un-photogenic to try. Glad you like it!

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