Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Divine Drape Cowl

Divine Drape Cowl
Divine Drape Cowl

If this cowl is one thing, it's a summer-to-autumn wardrobe staple that would look great in any color, at virtually any length. And if it's two things, it's also yet another one of my attempts at the absolute perfect cowl design: not too bulky around the back of the neck, but with enough fun in the front to attract some attention. And heck, while we're at it - why not make it THREE things -- or in other words, your next project? ;)

Yarn: Premier Yarns Cotton Fair (52% Cotton, 48% Acrylic; 317 yards [290 meters]/100 grams); #27-09 Lavender - one skein

Divine Drape Cowl
The main stitch pattern. Airy
and pretty, no?
Needles: Straight needles in size US 3, straight needles in size US 4, straight needles in size US 8, and straight needles in size US 5 for provisional cast-on

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 23 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

So let's make a cowl! Using your size 5 needles and a length of scrap yarn, then, cast on 35 stitches provisionally. Transfer work to your size 4 needles and knit two transition rows, as follows:

Transition Row 1 (wrong side): purl

Transition Row 2: knit

Knit these two transition rows, and then transfer work to your size 3 needles and we'll work a ribbing for a bit, like so:

Ribbing Row 1 (wrong side): p1, * k1, p1; rep from * until you reach the end of the row

Ribbing Row 2: k1, * p1, k1 *

Knit ribbing rows 1 & 2 until piece measures roughly 7.5" and you've just finished a right side row. Transfer work back to your size US 4 needles. Then we'll work a few more transition rows, as follows. You'll need the following notation to continue:

lifted increase (li): insert right-hand needle straight through the middle of the next stitch in the row below, and knit; then knit the stitch on your needle normally

And once you're clear on that, continue like so: 

Transition Row 1 (wrong side): purl

Transition Row 2: knit

Transition Row 3: purl

Transition Row 4: knit

Transition Row 5: purl

Transition Row 6: * li * (70 stitches)

Transition Row 7: purl

Work transition rows 1 - 7. Transfer work to your size US 8 needles, and then we'll begin the main pattern, which is Rick Rib from page 260 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and goes like so:

Row 1 (right side): k1, * yo, slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in back, k1, pass slipped stitch over (psso); rep from *; end k1

Row 2: p1, * yo, slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in front, p1, psso; rep from *; end p1

Knit rows 1 & 2 until piece measures roughly 24" (of course you can also make it longer), and you've just finished a right-side row. Transfer work back to your size 4 needles.  Then we'll work some final transition rows, which you'll find below:

Transition Row 1 (wrong side): purl

Transition Row 2: * k2tog * (35 stitches)

Transition Row 3: purl

Transition Row 4: knit

Knit transition rows 1 - 4. Leave working stitches on one needle, and then transfer your provisional cast-on stitches back to your other size 4 needle. Using the Kitchener stitch, graft. Tuck in ends, and, if desired, block (but I wouldn't stretch out the back ribbing, since having it all folded up nicely is the point!).

Divine Drape Cowl
Divine Drape Cowl
Divine Drape Cowl
Divine Drape Cowl
Divine Drape Cowl
Divine Drape Cowl

38 comments:

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    1. Thank you thank you! I like the whole necklace-y aspect of this one; glad you like it too! :)

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    2. I started this unusual cowl, but I just can't understand the Transition row Li. I've tried different things..not right! Help! Need to start Xmas presents!

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    3. Hi Judie!

      Here's a tutorial that explains it a bit more (it's the right lifted increase, not the left): http://knotions.com/techniques/how-to-knit-lifted-increases/

      And I don't usually actually lift the stitch onto my needle, but it's the same principle and same stitch! I hope that helps!!! :)

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  2. The drape on this is BEAUTIFUL! You always show the loveliest patterns...thank you for sharing them freely with us.

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! I thought the drape was especially nice too... and you're very welcome. I aim to please, you know! :)

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  3. This cowl is genius!! I have never seen anything like it. I love it, can hardly wait to cast on. Thank you for sharing all your designs with the world.

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    1. Well I'm very happy to hear that you like it! :) I like the idea of a cowl that looks almost more like a statement necklace than anything. Anyway, let me know if you have any questions! I'm always happy to help!!!

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  4. This is perfect for a small quantity of handspun I recently made with no particular project in mind....

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    1. Oooh... that sounds delightful! Let me know if you have any questions! :)

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  5. Can you please give finished measurements. I understand you can make the drape shorter, but didn't know the width of the back band. Mine is coming out to be about four inches wide.

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    1. Hi there! Yes, the width of the back band is about 4" to begin with and then the piece spreads to more like 22" once you do the increases and start working in the other pattern. Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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  6. Oh, great, so I'm on the right track then. I'm enjoying the pattern. Thanks.

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    1. Wonderful! I hope it turns out well!!! :)

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  7. Thanks so lovely this drape cowl.

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  8. Question please....when you say "knit 1 and 2 until the piece measures roughly 24 inches" does that include the 7.5 inches of ribbing?

    My total piece is now 24 inches but it sits too tight around my neck without any drape.

    Thank you.

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    1. Yes mine is 24" total but you should of course make yours as long as you want! :)

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  9. Once again you have come up with a beautiful pattern. Many thanks.

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    1. You're welcome! I'm glad you like it! :)

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  10. This looks ideal .. without the Bulk at the back !!! Beautiful. . I definitely want to try this & the color is gorgeous!

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    1. So glad you like it!!! Let me know if you have any questions. :)

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  11. is there any chance that you can give instructions to knit this in the round. I don't even care if the back is like the front as I love that light drapy look. thanks so much

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    1. Hi Linda!

      Unfortunately, this is one of those few patterns that doesn't adapt well to the round since it relies on passing the slipped stitches in opposite directions (since the ones on the wrong side will counteract the ones on the right side - am I making any sense here?). So, long story short, I don't this this stitch pattern works if it's not knit flat... sorry to disappoint! :)

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  12. thanks so sorry to hear that as this would have been perfect for where I live in the south. thanks anyway. Linda

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    1. Well you could always knit a rectangle of the pattern and then seam it into a tube... I made a cowl out of this same pattern for my mother that way (before I started my website)! :)

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    2. thanks so much thata a great idea!

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    3. Let me know if you need any help designing a modified pattern! :)

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  13. The cowl is beautiful and your instructions so clear and concise. Thank you so very much for sharing your beautiful work! x

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    1. Glad you like it! And one thing I enjoy about having my own site is that I can write out my directions any way I see fit, without all the abbreviations and space-savers that can make magazine patterns difficult to understand. Plus, I'm always around to help! :)

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  14. Love this pattern. I tried it with a #3 weight yarn and half way through frogged it and will start over when I get the right yarn. I'm sure the lighter yarn will fall more softly: the #3 was just too....too....thick...big....heavy???? Just didn't lay right.

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    1. Yeah, I'm still learning how different yarns respond to different patterns, and I STILL spend a decent amount of time frogging when I design (ack!). Anyway, it's both the smaller yarn and the fiber that makes a difference on this one; you'll want a cotton, silk, bamboo, or something that drapes nicely rather than, like, a wool or an acrylic. :)

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  15. Do not understand how to slip stitch purlwise AFTER a YO. Seems like that just negates the YO

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    1. Hi! You're going to slip the stitch, then work the next stitch, the pass the slipped stitch over the stitch you worked (so even though it seems funny to do it after a yo it will turn out). :) Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  16. This is new to me. When starting use size 5 needle and a length of scrap yarn. Do you cast on 35 stitches and then transfer to size 4. Or what is the piece of scrap yarn for? also what is meant by provisionally and transition row.

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    1. Hi! This pattern uses a provisional cast-on, which is a way to cast on with live stitches so that you can finish your piece without a seam, but with grafting instead. Here's some good information: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/FEATfall05TT.html As you can see, that's why you need the scrap yarn (to hold your live stitches), and many people perform a provisional cast-on with a larger needle size, which is why you need to transfer your stitches (as you get more familiar with this technique you may decide not to use larger needles but this is the traditional advice). As far as the transition row goes, that's just how I usually label my rows that are not part of a main or an edging pattern - I could just as easily call them something else, but that's my chosen terminology.

      Long story short, you will probably be trying some new techniques with this pattern, but I encourage you to give it a shot and ask more questions if need be. Good luck! :)

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