I've been in Zürich about three weeks now, which has proven to be enough time to both find my favorite grocery store (I love you Central Coop!), and buy and knit up my first Swiss yarn (fine, the yarn is actually Italian. WHAT DO YOU PEOPLE WANT FROM ME??!?!?!). And although I had a myriad of projects to choose from, I went for something that we NEED. Namely, a cowl for my poor freezing husband, since I wouldn't let him move with his last one. It's also my first project that's directly inspired by the city, and the large architectural stones that make up so many of Zürich's buildings. Indeed, that's what the name represents - Bürkliplatz is the tram stop that I got off on to take the picture below, and also near the location at which a nice young woman gave me a puzzled look when she saw me taking a picture of a wall.
Yarn: Sommer Merino 85 (100% Superwash Wool; 93 yards [85 meters]/50 grams); # 131 Charcoal (I made up that color name!) - two skeins
|A closer view of the pattern.|
Blocked aggressively, the blocks would stretch into
bricks and the architectural inspiration would be more
Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker
Gauge: 17 stitches = 4 inches
And now that we've taken care of that, let's make a cowl! First, then, cast on 90 stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll move right to the main pattern, which you'll find right after the wall picture that represents the look I was going for with this cowl.
|Not quite as inspirational as a kitten hanging|
from a tree branch, but almost. Right?
Anyway, to achieve this look, we'll work our pattern like so:
Rows 1 - 4: * p1, k8, p1 *
Row 5: purl
Rows 6 - 9: * k4, p2, k4 *
Row 10: purl
Knit rows 1 - 10 until piece measures desired length (I went for about 10") and you've just finished row 3 of the pattern. Bind off loosely in pattern. Tuck in ends and block more or less aggressively depending on your desired finished result (as in, block a lot if you want it less bunchy; block a little or not at all if you want it cuddly-scrunchy, like I left it). Give, keep, or wear as you see fit.