Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Crystal and Pearl Cowl

Crystal and Pearl Cowl

Considering I'm quite pleased by the way this warm-weather cowl turned out, it feels like I should have more to say about it. Still, all I can think is: three colors! lightweight! lace! yay! So, you know, if you want to get excited about a lightweight cowl, try this one! Or not. You know, your choice. :)

Yarn: Maddison Bio Baby (100% Organic Cotton; 197 yards [180 meters]/50 grams); #06 Purple - one skein (color A); #03 Tan - one skein (color B), & #01 White - one skein (color C)

The pattern.
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Needles: One 16" circular needle in size US 3

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 27 stitches = 4 inches on size US 3 needles

So let's make a cowl! First, then, using your color A yarn, cast on 152 stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll move straight to the main pattern, which is a three color adaptation of Crystal and Pearl from page 266 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and goes as follows:

Row 1: using color A, purl

Row 2: using color A, * k1, (yo, ssk) 3 times, k1; rep from *

Row 3: using color A, knit

Row 4: using color A, * k2, (yo, ssk) twice, k2 *

Row 5: using color A, knit

Row 6: using color A, * k3, yo, ssk, k3 *

Row 7: using color A, knit

Row 8: using color A, * k2, (yo, ssk) twice, k2 *

Row 9: using color A, knit

Row 10: using color A, * k1, (yo, ssk) 3 times, k1; rep from *

Row 11: using color A, purl

Row 12: using color B, knit

Rows 13 - 23: using color B, knit rows 1 - 11 

Row 24: using color C, knit

Rows 25 -  35: using color C, knit rows 1 - 11

Knit rows 1 - 35 two times, and then knit rows 1 - 34 once more. Using color C, bind off purling rather than knitting and tuck in ends. Block. 






19 comments:

  1. Hi Gretchen,
    I'm not one to wear a cowl in warm weather, but this one is a great way to dress up a plain t-shirt! I'm going to try it.
    thanks again!
    Ramona

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    1. Hi Ramona!

      Glad to hear it! And it has taken me a few years to come around to the idea, but I tend to get cold in air conditioning, and it turns out that cowls look super cute with tank tops and tee shirts, so they can be appropriate for summer! :)

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  2. This is very pretty, Gretchen. I like it. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Sharon!

      I'm delighted to hear that you like the pattern! I thought the little lace design was very pretty. :)

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  3. You don't say, but I assume this is knitted in the round?

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    1. Oh my goodness! You're right, it's knit in the round, and I don't say! I'll fix it, thanks! :)

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  4. Not to sound ungrateful.This is a pretty little cowl. I'm thinking to knit it for my granddaughter. I'm sure the mom and aunties will want one as well. It may be me, but I couldn't find a printer friendly version of the pattern. Is there such a thing? Thank you. I'll knit it whether there is one or not! Lol.

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    1. No worries; I know that print-friendliness is important! As such, you can find the green "PrintFriendly" button below the final picture and above the comments - it should let you delete photos, etc. to make it print just how you'd like! :)

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  5. What's with the SSK abbreviation. Confused me. In the uk we knit 2 together through back of loops

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    1. Hi Ann!

      The ssk is just a two-to-one left-leaning decrease. You're right that k2tog-tbl is also a two-to-one left-leaning decrease, so if you'd rather use that you're welcome to! Here's a link to an instructional video for the ssk, if you do decide to try it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ohoxYqOT-s

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  6. The stitch repeat pattern for each line amounts to 10 stitches. But we cast on 152 stitches.
    That's 2 extra stitches. ?????

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  7. Ooops - sorry. My mistake - I misread the repeat.

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    1. No worries! Let me know if you have any more questions! :)

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  8. I love this cowl. I was thinking of using an alpaca/acrylic yarn & beading. What would you suggest in the pattern for bead placement?

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    1. Hi there!

      First off, I don't have much experience knitting with beads, so I may not be the best person to ask this question. :) However, after poking around a bit online and looked at images and tutorials, my best suggestion is to put a bead on every ssk! I hope you find the suggestion helpful, and, if not, I apologize... :)

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  9. I love this pattern. I'll knit it for my sister for Christmas, (2017), but on straight needles as i can't get the hang of knitting in the round, despite many attempts and hours of watching videos.

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    1. I'm glad you like the pattern! And no worries about the circulars thing; if you need any help adapting the pattern for flat knitting, let me know. :)

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