Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Three Two One Cowl

Three Two One Cowl

If I haven't dated my stash yet, then this project is sure to do it; as far as I can tell, this yarn was discontinued before my first child was even born (but here's a list of suitable replacements). So here's hoping you have a few skeins of your own oldie-but-goodie buried deep in a drawer that you can use to make this lovely cowl, which uses three colors and two patterns to create one fantastic look!

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Cotton Rich DK (64% Cotton, 36% Nylon; 135.60 yards [124 meters]/50 grams); #6313 Berry - one skein (color A), #???? unknown color (but it's the middle one in the cowl, and therefore color B), & #6377 Lavender - one skein (color C)

Needles: One 16" circular needle in size US 6

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches

So let's get to this! First, then, using your color A yarn, cast on 120 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll get immediately to the pattern, which goes as follows:

Rows 1 & 2: * (k2, p2) 3 times, (k1, p1) 6 times; rep from *

Rows 3 & 4: * (k2, p2) twice, k2, (p1, k1) 6 times, p2 *

Rows 5 & 6: * (k2, p2) twice, (k1, p1) 6 times, k2, p2 *

Rows 7 & 8: * k2, p2, k2, (p1, k1) 6 times, p2, k2, p2 *

Rows 9 & 10: * k2, p2, (k1, p1) 6 times, (k2, p2) twice *

Rows 11 & 12: repeat rows 7 & 8

Rows 13 & 14: repeat rows 5 & 6

Rows 15 & 16: repeat rows 3 & 4

Using color A, knit rows 1 - 16 twice. Clip tail, and, using color B, knit one row around (this will prevent color changes in your purled stitches, and be nearly invisible once it's done). Still using color B, knit rows 1 - 16 twice. Clip tail, and, using color C, knit one row around. Then, knit rows 1 - 16 once, and finally knit rows 1 - 2 once more. Bind off loosely in pattern. If desired, block (I didn't! Don't tell, ok?).







27 comments:

  1. LOVE!!!! the stitch - the colors - three of my favorites. Then again, the color choices for this are endless!

    Linda in VA

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  2. Question - would going up a little bit in needle size make a lot of difference? Like say to a 7 or 8?

    Linda in VA

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    1. Hi Linda! I'm glad you like this one. :) I'm pleased with how it came out. And the only issue you'll face with a different needle size is that your gauge will be different, so it will sit bigger around the neck. However, the pattern itself has a 24 stitch repeat, so if your gauge was more like 18 stitches per 4 inches you could drop 24 stitches and still get the same basic look and fit! :)

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    2. Thanks Gretchen. I don't like things tight around my neck, so bigger would be better! Especially if I use a wool blend. Or I could cast on more stitches too.... and make it hang down longer!

      Linda in VA

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    3. Absolutely! You could go either direction. Also, this pattern would scale up well, since it's almost reversible (the only un-reversible thing about it is the wrong side of the color change rows. And they don't look bad or anything, just like color change rows from the wrong side!)

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  3. What a cute pattern. Very pretty. Did you use ALL of each skein? Just thinking about odds and ends that could be used for this pattern.

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    1. Good question! No, I did not. I would estimate that I used roughly 100 yards of colors A & B (the darker ones), and roughly 50 yards of color C. Of course, this could also be a great scrap project, if you did more frequent stripes! My guess is that with only 25 or 30 yards of a color you could do one set of 16 rows, and then move on to your next color. :)

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  4. Hi Gretchen, I just wanted to say: You have a lovely eye for design and i appreciate your patterns. Thank you

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    1. Thank you! And I appreciate your feedback. :)

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  5. This us a great design and I love the colors. My husband's aunt and cousin live in Minnesota and this would be a lovely Christmas gift. My youngest sister also lives in Minnesota and this would be a beautiful gift for her for Christmas. I'm thinking a yarn with some wool in it or maybe Caron simply soft. I really like knitting and crocheting with simply soft. Thank you for the pattern.

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    1. Hi Irene!

      I really like the way this one turned out, so I'm glad you like it too! :) And I think either of your yarn ideas would be appropriate - something with a little wool wouldn't stretch out as much over time, and the simply soft would be so cuddly!

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  6. Can I do this pattern in just one color.

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    1. Absolutely! Then you can just repeat your pattern rows without knitting a round between colors. :)

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  7. I would like to use straight needles for this pattern. Would I follow the same pattern? Thank you. It is so lovely.

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    1. Hi Anna Marie! In order to use straight needles, you would have to convert every other row for wrong side knitting. I can help you with this if you'd like, but it will probably be at least a week - we are in the middle of a move! Let me know if you'd like help with this. :)

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  8. Hi Gretchen, this is an absolutely beautiful pattern. I just subscribed to your blog & look forward to following you!

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    1. Wonderful! I hope you enjoy my patterns. :) And please, let me know if you ever have any questions!!!

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  9. Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. I live in Minnesota and do a lot of walking even when it is very cold. I made the cowl in one color and used a worsted yarn so the cowl is nice and thick. I will also make a matching cap but I am changing the pattern to a 16 stitch repeat.

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    1. I'm glad you like the pattern! This is one of the few things I've made that I keep and wear a lot. :) And I hope your hat turns out beautifully!

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  10. Thank you very much for this lovely pattern. I have just finished mine, and I love it :-) I have subscribed to your blog on facebook :-) Marianne Dahl from Norway here :-)

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  11. If I want to make this but looser around the neck (not so close fitting), I simply need to add multiples of 24, correct?

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    1. Yup! And please let me know if you have any other questions... :)

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  12. I have skeins and skeins of worsted #4 yarn in my stash. Would that work for this pattern?

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    1. Yes, totally! The cowl will just end up a bit bigger around! :)

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