Friday, December 10, 2010

Free Cowl Pattern for Xmas


To cheer up a rather bleak December, I thought I would post this pattern for a quick knit chunky mobius cowl. It also has the advantage of being a stash buster of a knit using only 2 x 50g balls (198 yards) of bulky 12 ply yarn. Here I used Debbie Bliss Glen as the colour gradient in the yarn gives a nice texture to the double seed stitch and allows it to be soft and snuggle friendly at the same time. So for those of you looking for a last minute knit for the big day this could be right up your tree :)

 Size 6.0 mm (10 US) circular needles
1 Stitch marker
2 Skeins of bulky 12ply yarn
Contrast waste yarn for I-cord if required.

Gauge: 16 sts x 20 rows = 4 inches in double seed stitch.

Double Seed Stitch Pattern:
Row 1: K1, P1 to end of round
Row 2: P1, K1 to end of round
Row 3: P1, K1 to end of round
Row 4: K1, P1 to end of round.

Pattern Instructions:
1. Cast on 100 stitches using the moebius cast on.
2. Start the double seed stitch pattern as described above and work in pattern until piece measures 6 inches. (At this point due to the yarn I rotated each ball every 2 rows to obtain an overall blended effect)
3. Knit one round (use one ball of yarn from now on if using gradient yarn this allows for an edging trim contrast colour).
4. *K8, K2tog, yo* to end of round
5. Knit  one round.
6. Bind off loosely.

If you want to place the I-cord as shown opposite, cast on 3 sts and work an I-cord until it measures 12 inches in length and sew on as shown opposite or use your creative side, you never know what happens when you start to play with an I-cord.


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