I think you all will like this. I have had more than a few customers ask for such a pattern this past winter. You can choose any yarn you like as long as the needles and stitches cast on are appropriately adjusted. Jan Deveney came in the other day wanting to knit this, and now we have this pattern for you, both in the round and flat for people who just love to knit on straight needles. The cowl is a squishy, loose cowl made with a welting stitch…like scrunchy socks. When I have a photo I will post it for you. Here are the two patterns:
SCRUNCHY WELTING COWL
Both patterns call for US 9 needles (16″ circulars or 14″ straights) and 300 yards of worsted to bulky weight yarn; you will need a stitch marker if you work in the round, and a tapestry needle for both to bury ends/sew.
Cast on 84 (90, 100) stitches depending on the size you prefer…if you would like a cowl that you can twist to double wrap around your neck (or the neck of some appropriate person…there are all kinds of implications here) then cast on 200 stitches.
In the round: join without twisting and work rounds as directed below
Rounds 1 – 4: Purl
Rounds 5 – 8: Knit
Repeat rounds 1 – 8 until the piece measure 21″ or only about four yards of your yarn remains. Bind off loosely in knit. Bury all ends. Wear or gift and enjoy a job well done.
On Straight Needles: cast on the needed amount of stitches ( I am using 100 sts. )
Row 1(RS = right side): Purl
Row 2(WS = wrong side): Knit
Row 3(RS): Purl
Row 4(WS): Knit
Row 5(RS): Knit
Row 6(WS): Purl
Row 7(RS): Knit
Row 8(WS): Purl
Repeat rows 1 – 8 until the piece measures 21″ long or until you have about four yards of yarn remaining and bind off loosely in knit. Bury ends. Sew long sides together carefully matching the pattern purl section to purl section and knit section to knit section. I plan to pick up sts along each edge evenly and graft this piece closed using Kitchener Stitch. Again, wear or gift and enjoy. Job well done.
I am using Ella Rae Classic bulky superwash in Spring Pink…always a favorite color. Have fun with this…this would be nice in a transitional fiber like a linen/cotton blend…for those days when you need a little something but not a jacket.
I am pretty sure my adolescent son has just completely lost his mind and has lost all control over his mouth. I can not find the duct tape or I could fix this situation. Instead, he has lost all electronic privileges…at first for just four days…then he shot off his mouth just one time too many…now two weeks. He’s feeling very quiet now. Just Amazing.
We had new knitters come to the studio from near Bethlehem, PA today. The sad news is that the shop down there has closed…a shop that has been open 25 years. I wish them well in their retirement and I know the knitting community will deeply miss them. Catherine was one of the knitters and is doing a sweater from Spring ’09 Interweave Knits (I think it was called “Disappearing Ribs Cardigan”). She chose Elsbeth Lavold Cable Cotton in…pink. Seems to be the color of the day today. I hope these lovely ladies come again, they were fun to visit with.
I am half way through knitting the body of The Light Blue Thing. I chose to cast on both fronts and back and knit this all in one piece to the armholes, using a purl stitch to designate a faux seam. I have eight inches knit in just two days so far, and I need 14 inches to get to the armhole bindoffs. The yarn is Meriboo, by Frog Tree Yarns, and it is an absolute delight to work with. I am hoping to be done with this project by next Thursday if life goes well…always up to Murphy, not me.
Now I am on to type the sock pattern and the scarf patterns for this month’s sock kit. The kit includes enough yarn to knit any one of the three project patterns included this month, along with directions and surprises from me. The yarn is…a complete surprise but well worth the price of the kit…$30. If you need me to ship to you then shipping would be added to the final price. There are four places remaining for the April Summit Sock Club…and the sock pattern was featured in an earlier post this past month, made in blue Pediboo.
Take care. More typing ahead tonight for me. I am so glad you are all enjoying the lace. Please join me in welcoming Latvia and Vietnam to the countries reading this blog! There are 61 countries and we are only 8 countries away from having 1/3 of all the countries of the World reading “Will Work For Yarn”. I am thinking our new motto should be: Global Domination Through Natural Fiber! Let me know what mottoes you come up with. I have a few other ideas but feel they are not fit for publishing in this media.
with love, light and laughter always, Mary Ellen and Summit Yarn Studio
G and Mary Freiburger: welcome to the fray! So glad you are enjoying our knitting adventure!xox M.E.