Thursday, May 12, 2016
Yarn: Medium weight 6 ply, or even lighter weight if that is what you have stashed. The weight of the yarn affects the density of the knit, so try a swatch of 4" X 4" to see how you like the density of your yarn for this project.
Needles: 6mm or us 10 or the size your yarn recommends.
Gauge: Does not apply for this project.
PATTERN: Measure around your head and add 6 inches to get the width of the cowl
Cast on an odd number of stitches, that will be the length that you measured to fit over your head plus the ease of 6 inches.
First Row: Placing a marker after the last cast on stitch you will be joining, without twisting, the first cast on to the last cast on stitch by knitting into that stitch. Next stitch, Purl. Next Knit 1, Purl 1 etc. to the stitch marker you placed. This marker will remind you that you are starting another row. Now you will in the next row, knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches. Refer to the picture above and you will see how the K1 where in the previous row the stitch was a P1, that you will get the "seed" effect. Transfer the marker from the left needle to the right as you start another row. Follow this K1, P1 on all rows until the cowl is the length you want, . Cast off loosely and after cutting off a length of yarn about 6 inches from the last stitch, weave that yarn end into the cowl. Wash and block as advised on the yarn label. So, there you are. A lovely cowl to keep or gift.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Ingredients: A skein of bulky yarn for warmth in white, or any colour you fancy. Needles as recommended on the yarn label. Gauge, does not matter.
Pattern as follows:. Cast on 72 stitches. Slip the 1st, knit the next 3 sts, (every row). Knit 4, Purl 4 to the last 4 sts Knit the next 4 sts. (every row)
Continue this 4 st. Rib and the knit every row the first and last 4 sts., with the slip 1st stitch until you can fit it around your head loosely. Cast off loosely. Then sew the beginning and last row together.
If you want a looser,, Lacey look, you can use finer yarn and a larger needle set. Knit more rows to make it longer, almost, or even to, scarf length. Another hack is to use two different sizes of needle, such as a 6mm and a 10mm, so that you get a really stretchy, loose look.
If you want to make a scarf, I recommend after casting on, to knit every row for 6 rows using the smaller needles together (then do the larger needle, smaller needle knit) and when you decide the scarf is long enough, knit every row for the next 6 rows ( using the smaller need,lea) and then cast off loosely.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Five Cables Cowl An Original Pattern by Ann of Green Cables.
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Please read the whole pattern through so that you are familiar with the stitches and terminology.
There is *Additional pattern information at the end of the instructions in regards to adjusting the pattern for other uses.
Yarn Info: Red Heart Soft Solids & Heather Light Grey Heather Colorway, Aran 10 ply
You can choose to use another color or combination of colors or Yarn that gives the guage.
Needles 5.5 or 6 to get gauge of 8 rows= 2''
Length 24'' Width 12''
Pattern: Cast on 56 Stitches
Do NOT count the cast on row as Row 1.
Row 1: (this is the wrong side of your work, as are all odd rows)
Slip 1st stitch Knitwise; knit 4; purl 6; k4; p6; k4; p6; k4; p6; k4; p6; k5 (end of Row 1)
Row 2: (this is the right side of work, as are all even rows)
Slip 1st stitch knitways; k10; p4; k6; p4; k6 p4; k6; p4; k10; k1 (end of row 2)
R 3: Repeat Row 1
R 4: Repeat Row 2
R 5: Repeat Row 1
R 6: Repeat Row 2
R 7: Repeat Row 1
Row 8: This is the Cable Row:
Slip the first stitch knitwise; Knit 4; Now you are going to make the First cable: Using a stitch holder/cable needle,
slip next 3 stitches knitwise onto the holder.
Hold these stitches at the Back of the work. Knit the next 3 stitches from the left needle onto the right needle.
Now, transfer the 3 held stitches from the holder onto the left needle, knitwise.
Knit these 3 stitches. This is your first cable. It may look 'weird', but it will look better as you progress.
Purl 4 sts.;
Second Cable: place next 3 sts onto holder and hold at Front of work;
Knit the next 3 sts. onto the right needle. Now knit the 3 sts from the holder onto the right needle. Cable formed.
Purl 4 sts.;
Third Cable; place next 3 sts onto holder and hold at Back of work. Knit 3 sts.; Knit 3 sts from holder.
Purl 4 sts.
Fourth Cable: Place next 3 sts. onto holder and hold in Front of work. Knit 3 sts.; Knit 3 sts from holder.
Purl 4 sts.;
Fifth Cable: Place next3 sts. onto holder and hold in Bac of work. Knit 3 sts.; Knit 3 sts. from holder.
Knit 4sts. knit last stitch.
These Rows 1 to 8 are to be repeated as many times as you wish.
When the piece is as long as you want it to be, cast off loosely Purl wise. Join ends together to form cowl.
*Additional information: If you wish to make a scarf, cast on 36 stitches. This will give you 3 cables.
Adjusting the stitch count to 36, will eliminate 2 cables, so after the third cable you will knit 4 sts and knit the last stitch.
If you choose to make a scarf, you may want to first knit a few Rib stitch rows in a pattern of your choice, e.g.: k 2; p2 or any
decorative rib stitch, such as a twisted or k 4 p 4. and end the same way, casting off loosely to keep the stretch inherent in Rib stitch.
If you have read the pattern you may realize that you are slipping the first stitch of every row knitwise and knitting the last
stitch of every row. You are also, by knitting the first 4 and last 4 stitches of every row, making a firm top and bottom
edge, or if making a scarf, a firm side edge.
Here you go, have fun and if you get stuck, use the comments section to 'Hound' me!