Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ridge and Furrow Cowl

Ridge and Furrow Cowl
Ridge and Furrow Cowl

You know how you can walk by the same spot a million times and still not notice what's there? That's exactly what I realized had happened to me when I discovered another local yarn shop, this one just a four minute bus ride from my house. And if that discovery weren't great enough on its own, I discovered that said local yarn shop ALSO has a lovely sale section, which facilitated the pattern for this 100% silk cowl that's both basic and fun (not to say that sale yarn -- or even silk yarn -- is required for your own).

Yarn: Lana Grossa Linea Pura Soloseta (100% Silk; 109 yards [100 meters]/50 grams); #001 Light Gray Mix - 2 skeins

Ridge and Furrow Cowl
Another look at the pattern.
It reminds me of a field!
Needles: One 24" circular needle in size US 8

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 19 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette on size US 8 needles

And with that out of the way, let's make a cowl! First, then, cast on 110 stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll move straight to the pattern, which is a basic combination of seed stitch and a yo/decrease combination, and goes like so:

Row 1: * p1, (k1, p1) three times, k3; rep from *

Row 2: * k1, (p1, k1) three times, yo, slip 2 stitches together knitwise-k1-pass 2 slipped stitches over (sl2-k1-p2sso), yo *

And that's about it! Knit rows 1 & 2 until piece measures roughly 7" and you've just finished row 2 of the pattern. Bind off loosely in pattern, tuck in ends, and block.
 
Ridge and Furrow Cowl
Ridge and Furrow Cowl
Ridge and Furrow Cowl
Ridge and Furrow Cowl
Ridge and Furrow Cowl
Ridge and Furrow Cowl

19 comments:

  1. This is sooo pretty - and can be done SOOO many different colors or mixes - I have to say I despise DOING seed stitch - it is brain-stultifying to me - but I'm gonna HAVE to do this one.

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    1. I have to agree with you about seed stitch but at least the increases and decreases mix things up! And I'm glad you like the pattern!!! :)

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  2. Would like to make this with chunky yarn without circular needles. Any suggestions as to how to adapt the pattern?

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    1. Sure thing! If you're getting roughly 14 stitches = 4 inches then I would just go ahead and use your gauge needle and cast on 80. The rest should be the same! :)

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  3. Will any even number of stitches work for this pattern? I'd like to make a closer-fitting version of this beautiful cowl! Thanks!

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    1. Hi! As written, the pattern is a 10-stitch pattern, although you can always change how many stitches you use for the seed stitch panels. If you need any help figuring out how to make it an 8-stitch pattern, or a 12-stitch pattern, or whatever, let me know! :)

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  4. Hello! I'm Dutch and I want to knit this pattern. However I don't understand why you mentioned that it is a 10-stitch pattern...
    If I count three times 3 stitches and then K3 it makes 12...
    Or am I reading it wrong. I do P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1 and then K3.....

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    1. Hi there! You only repeat the instructions in parentheses - so * p1, (k1, p1) three times, k3; rep from * is written out in full as p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k3. Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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    2. Oh...thanks! I've read the instructions not as it should be...! Well, thanks for your help!

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  5. Hi could I knit this on straight needles please ? I don't get on very well with circular needles x

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    1. Absolutely but I'm in transit now and won't be able to adapt the pattern for you for a few days. I'll post it here though when I have a chance! :)

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    2. Okay, here you go! And let me know if you have any other questions! :)

      Cast on 112 stitches loosely. Then we'll move straight to the pattern, which is a basic combination of seed stitch and a yo/decrease combination, and goes like so:

      Row 1 (wrong side): p1, * k1, p1, k3, p1, (k1, p1) twice; rep from * until you have 1 stitch left in row, p1

      Row 2: k1, * (p1, k1) twice, p1, yo, slip 2 stitches together knitwise-k1-pass 2 slipped stitches over (sl2-k1-p2sso), yo, p1, k1 * until you have 1 stitch left in row, k1

      And that's about it! Knit rows 1 & 2 until piece measures roughly 7" and you've just finished row 2 of the pattern. Bind off loosely in pattern, seam, tuck in ends, and block.

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  6. I'm only 3 rows in, and I've dropped 16 stitches! I'm a beginner knitter ( 3 regular scarves and 2 infinity scarves under my belt), but I don't usually drop stitches. So I'm wondering if I'm reading the pattern wrong.

    For Row 2, do we perform the (sl2-k1-p2sso) once or twice? I was assuming the abbreviation was just informational, but now I'm wondering if I should do that series twice in a row?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi there!

      First off, it sounds like you're reading the pattern correctly - the sl2-k1-p2sso is only performed once per pattern repeat (and the parentheses were informational, just like now!). My best guess for dropped stitches on this one is that you're missing the yarn overs on either side of you decrease, since they can be hard to remember - is it possible that this is what's going wrong? :)

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  7. Thank you! I think I know what I did wrong. Second time around I only dropped one stitch. :)

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  8. Thanks so much for the pattern. It is a quick knit up and looks great. I personally love the look of the seed stitch and use it quite often so it is a joy to knit. Great work, I can't wait to look at the rest of your site.

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    1. Glad you like the pattern!!! And I think seed stitch is beautiful as well - always elegant in its simplicity!!!

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