Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Dainty Chevron cowl

"A Dainty Chevron Cowl"

When it gets cold I love having the option of something other than a scarf. Sometimes I just don't want to fiddle around with the wrapping of the scarf or dealing with the ends. I want something I can just pull over my head and go. Of course I am such a style trend setter that I'm known, much to the embarrassment of my children, to pull my cowl up over my head as a makeshift ear cover or hat (okay, sometimes I pull it up over my face like a mask and chase them around). Here is one that I knit as a gift for a friend.

1 skein Happy Feet sock yarn
16 or 24" circular needle size 6

gauge, while gauge is not vitally important here, I mean chances are a little tighter and you'll still be able to wear it, a little looser and it will be more cowl-y.

Gauge: 22 sts to 4 inches

Cast on 120 stitches and begin to knit in the round as follows. Place marker to mark where your row begins and ends (but you already knew this).

Knit one row
Purl one row

Begin lace pattern:

Row 1 (and all odd rows) knit
Row 2 & 4: *ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k1 rep from *
Row 6: *yo,ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1 rep from *
Row 8: * k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2 rep from *
Row 10: * k2, yo, sl 2-k1-p2sso, yo, k3 rep from*

That sl 2-k1-p2sso......slip 2 stitches together as if you were going to knit them together, knit the next stitch then pass the 2 slipped stitches back over the knit stitch. This type of decrease makes the middle stitch more prominent in the pattern.

Work rows 1-10 8 times
K one row
P one row
Bind off as follows k2, sl sts to left needle k2tog tbl, k1, sl 2 sts back to left needle, k2tog tbl. continue to bind off this way until the end.

I am currently working on this and will post a picture and if I can figure out how to post a chart I'll do that too.

Happy knitting!!

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