Friday, December 30, 2011

Warm Ribbed Cowl


Laurie Bee Cowl




My sister-in-law and I have the very same name We often confuse people who are surprised to discover two people with the exact same (somewhat unusual) name. When I heard she was coming for a visit this week, I decided that my namesake (I got the name first) deserved a special gift. Beginning my knitting the night before her arrival, I designed a fairly simple, but warm cowl in a natural white yarn to highlight her beautiful dark hair. I chose some Misti Alpaca Baby Alpaca worsted, an especially soft yarn with a lovely hand and drape to create this special gift. I doubled the yarn to assure both warmth and a quick completion and was delighted to discover how nicely it felt even doubled on size 10.5 needles.

This bulky ribbed cowl has graduated decreases to create slight points on both right and left sides. It also could be turned so that one point is centered in the front and the other to the back, depending on how it is worn.

Please use this pattern for your personal non commerical use only. Any other use requires the permission of the designer.

Materials: 3 balls Misti Alpaca, 100% Baby Alpaca Worsted, 109 yards per ball. 10.5/6.5mm 24" circular needle, 2 stitch markers
Gauge: 3 st =1" approximately with yarn doubled on needle size to obtain gauge.

Measurements: 20" wide at neck, 29" wide at shoulder (bottom) and 9.5" long (slightly stretched)

Decrease row: K2tog, knit to 2sts before marker, ssk, sm, k2tog, k to 2sts before marker, ssk. (4 sts decreased)
Rib pattern: Purl 5 rows, Knit 6 rows

Instructions: With yarn doubled, cast on 86 sts, pm and join to knit in the round.
Knit 43 sts, pm, knit to end.
Knit 8 rows
Purl 5 rows
Decrease row (82 sts)
Knit 4 rows
Decrease row (78 sts)
Purl 5 rows
Decrease row (74 sts)
Knit 4 rows
Decrease row (70 sts)
Knit 4 rows
Decrease row (66 sts)
Purl 5 rounds
Decrease Row (62 sts)
Knit 4 rows
Next row: K2tog, k to marker, sm, K2tog, knit to end (60 sts)

Begin Rib Pattern
Repeat Rib Pattern until just enough yarn remains to bind off loosely. Weave in ends. Enjoy!

Should you wish a slightly snugger fit around the neck, just insert another decrease row or two closer to the top of the cowl.



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