Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dewdrop Cowl

Dewdrop Cowl

If you've looked at a few of my patterns, you've probably already figured out that I love a cowl (so efficient! good for bicycling! less yarn! etc). So here's a basic but interesting design, worked with worsted weight yarn and a pattern that never gets more complicated than a sl1-k2tog-psso. Overall, I think it's a decent design for a variegated yarn, and easy to work.

Yarn: Berroco Vintage Colors (50% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 10% Nylon; 217 yards [200 meters]/100 grams); #5222 Oasis - one skein

Needles: One 24" circular needle in size 7
The pattern

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker or yarn scrap to mark end of round 

Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches on size 7 needles

So let's get started! Cast on 138 stitches, place marker, and join in round. And now we'll proceed in Dewdrop Pattern, from page 149 of Barbara G. Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, which I've adapted for the round:

Rows 1 - 3: * k3, p3; rep from * 

Row 4: * yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k3 *

Rows 5 - 7: * p3, k3 *

Row 8: * k3, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo *

Repeat rows 1 - 8 until your piece measures roughly 7.5" (or is the size of your dreams), and you've just completed row 3 or row 7 of the pattern. Bind of loosely and tuck in ends. See, wasn't that easy?


  1. Hi, Gretchen

    I bought the circular needles, they have a plastic wire in between. I don't know how to use it. I tried following the you tube videos but still very confused.

    1. Which part are you getting stuck on? The joining or the knitting?

    2. Joining bit as well as knitting

    3. I know it can be really tough to wrap your head around! In many ways it is exactly like straight knitting though - you're moving stitches from the needle in your right hand to the one in your left (if you're right-handed of course). You can essentially ignore the cord in between. I might suggest watching more videos or tutorials, since different instructors will explain things differently and one may say something that finally clicks. Otherwise it might work to try to mirror the steps without understanding, and see if you can sort of trick yourself into doing it that way. In person instruction would of course be the ideal solution, but that's tough these days!!!

  2. Hi, Gretchen can you share this pattern with straight needles. I am still practising using the circular needles but not there yet.

    1. Without adaptation, this pattern looks like this:

      Cast on a multiple of 6 stitches plus 1

      Rows 1 & 3 (wrong side): k2, * p3, k3; rep from *, end p3, k2

      Row 2: p2, * k3, p3 * end k3, p2

      Row 4: k2, * yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k3 * end yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k2

      Rows 5 & 7: p2, * k3, p3 * end k3, p2

      Row 6: k2, * p3, k3 * end p3, k2

      Row 8: k2tog, * yo, k3, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso * end yo, k3, yo, ssk