First, let me acknowledge the last few pattern-less weeks. It turns out that moving internationally with three children is just as hard as they say it is, especially when you also decide to assemble all of your new furniture by hand as soon as you arrive (thanks, IKEA!). Long story short, I've barely had time to comb my hair, much less knit. But I will say that my new city of Zürich, Switzerland is just as inspiring as I hoped it would be, and I plan to launch a pattern collection with this place in mind.
Until then, I hope you enjoy a design I made before our move, the Vaduz Cowl. And why'd I call it that? Well, Vaduz is the capital of Switzerland's neighboring Liechtenstein. And since I gave this cowl to my sister, who then helped me with my family's move, and then took a day trip on the train, the cowl made it to the world's sixth-smallest country before I could. With that in mind, may it accompany on your (or your sister's) next adventure as well!!!
Yarn: Malabrigo Mecha (100% Merino Superwash Wool; 130 yards [120 meters]/100 grams); #031 Mostaza - one skein
Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker
Gauge: 12 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette
So let's make a cowl! First things first, then cast on 32 stitches loosely (you can also use a provisional cast on, if you prefer a seamless look). Then we'll move straight to our main pattern, which combines Staghorn Cable from page 251 of Barbara G. Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns with some basic knits and purls. So first, we'll define our cables like so:
fc (front cross): slip 2 stitches to cn and hold in front, k2, then k2 from cn
bc (back cross): slip 2 stitches to cn and hold in back, k2, then k2 from cn
And then we'll continue like this:
Row 1 (wrong side): (p2, k2) twice, p16, (k2, p2) twice
Row 2: (k2, p2) twice, k4, bc, fc, k4, (p2, k2) twice
Row 3: k2, p2, k4, p16, k4, p2, k2
Row 4: p2, k2, p4, k2, bc, k4, fc, k2, p4, k2, p2
Row 5: (p2, k2) twice, p16, (k2, p2) twice
Row 6: (k2, p2) twice, bc, k8, fc, (p2, k2) twice
Row 7: k2, p2, k4, p16, k4, p2, k2
Row 8: p2, k2, p4, k4, bc, fc, k4, p4, k2, p2
Row 9: (p2, k2) twice, p16, (k2, p2) twice
Row 10: (k2, p2) twice, k2, bc, k4, fc, k2, (p2, k2) twice
Row 11: k2, p2, k4, p16, k4, p2, k2
Row 12: p2, k2, p4, bc, k8, fc, p4, k2, p2
Knit rows 1 - 12 until piece measures roughly 20" (or desired length) and you've just finished row 6 or row 12 of the pattern (if you want things to line up exactly you'll want to end on row 12, but I ended on row 6 and I challenge you to find my final row!). Bind off loosely and seam. Tuck in ends, and wear to Liechtenstein. Or, you know, the grocery.