|Striped Anemone Cowl|
Since I've been on maternity leave (the baby is now over two months old! and so cute!), I've been trying to use up all of my leftover yarn instead of going out and buying more. So, although my soul is suffering serious separation anxiety after going so long without a trip to the yarn store, my odds-and-ends pile is getting slimmer and slimmer. And this particular cowl is knit with the leftovers from the Long-Slip Striped Table Runner. Luckily, I'm still not tired of knitting with this yarn, although at this point I have very little left.
|Detail. It really does look like little sea anemones, no?|
Needles: 16" or 20" circular needle in size 8
Notions: Tapestry needle
Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches
Using your color A yarn, cast on 100 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Purl one row around. And now, it's time to begin our main pattern, which is a four-color, in-the-round variation on Anemone Stitch from page 131 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. As you'll notice when you're knitting it, your back seam will be very loose. The best way to combat this is by clipping the tail of each color yarn after you work it and knotting the tails instead of trying to carry them up the piece. Oh, and the pattern won't start looking good until you knit a few rows, so don't get scared if it looks weird at first! Anyway, let's proceed like so:
Row 1: using color B, * k1, (yo) twice; rep until *
Row 2: using color B, * slip 4 knit stitches briefly in order to drop the yo's after each of them, replace 4 elongated stitches back on left-hand needle and (k4tog, p4tog) twice into these same 4 stitches *
Row 3: using color C, k2, * k1, (yo) twice * until you have two stitches left in round; end k2
Row 4: using color C, k2, * slip 4 knit stitches briefly in order to drop the yo's after each of them, replace 4 elongated stitches back on left-hand needle and (k4tog, p4tog) twice into these same 4 stitches * until you have two stitches left in round; end k2
Rows 5 & 6: using color D, repeat Rows 1 & 2
Rows 7 & 8: using color A, repeat Rows 3 & 4
Knit rows 1 - 8 twice and then knit rows 1 - 6 once more. Using color A, knit one row around and then purl one row around. Bind off loosely and tuck in ends. Block, if desired (I didn't).