|Sailor's Rib Cowl|
I bought this yarn nearly a year ago, I believe, with the intention of making a nice scarf for my husband with it. But since he was never very enthusiastic about said scarf, it never got made. And then he renewed his determination to bike commute this winter and it dawned on both of us: he didn't need a scarf, he needed a cowl. A nice, snug, long cowl that he can pull up over his face when the temperatures dip into the teens and the winds are blowing. And, to be quite honest, I'm kind of amazed that the idea never occurred to me before. After all, while I doubt he'll start wearing this cowl as a new man fashion statement (not because it isn't pretty, but because I haven't seen many men in cowls), it tucks into a jacket with much less bulk than a scarf, and looks just as nice.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams); #9458 Bainbridge Island Heather - 1 skein
|A closer look at the pattern|
Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches
So let's make this bad boy! First, cast on 100 stitches, place marker, and join in round. And then we'll move straight to the main pattern, which is Fisherman's Rib from page 4 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, except adapted for the round. Anyway, it goes as follows:
Row 1: * p1, k2, p1, k1 *
Row 2: * p1, k2, p1, k1 through back loop (k1-tbl) *
Row 3: * p4, k1 *
Row 4: * p4, k1-tbl *
Knit rows 1 - 4 until piece measures between 8 and 12 inches, depending on preference (I stopped at 10"), and you've just finished row 2 of the pattern. Bind off loosely in pattern and tuck in ends.