Cream + Sugar Cowl

Another finished object!

  • Pattern: Cream + Sugar Cowl by Alana Dakos, Ravelled here
  • Yarn: Pigeonroof Studios Super Sock in Dragon
  • Mods: didn’t notice the p2togs sprinkled in the chart; design feature!

This is a little something I started knitting in the car on a short road trip last fall, and promptly put away after completing the ribbing.  I often do that.  In fact, I have the ribbing of a hat in my knitting bag right now, just waiting for the right block of quiet time to tackle the cable chart!  Anyway, I picked it back up in December and worked on it pretty consistently as a counterpoint to my bulky Oatmeal sweater.

Overall this is a really simple, pretty pattern with decreases and cabling happening every few rows.  I loved working with this yarn and all its subtle, luminous colors (most accurate in 2nd photo).  This was originally meant to be a shop sample, but somewhere along the way I decided it would make a lovely gift for PB’s babysitter.  And now, after wearing it to and from work for a couple of days, I’m tempted to keep it…

Of Silk and Wool

Here we have a birthday gift knit with some yarn I once received as birthday gift.  I call this good knitting karma!

For my sister V, a simple yet lush and lacy neckwarmer:

  • Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino in Archangel, less than one skein
  • Pattern: Fern Neckwarmer by Sue Granfield (free pattern download, Ravelled here)
  • Needles: US 8 & 9
  • Mods: None.

This is a nice little knit, simple yet satisfying.  I did have a knitter-error with a coupe of rogue yarn overs, but they fit right in and were not noticeable in the finished project.  This would be an equally good choice for someone wanting to try out a little lace or for a knitter with a bit more experience.  There’s an interesting bind off that I had never tried before call the suspended cast off.  It was fun and stretchy, as promised.  I really like how this starts out as a close-fitting cowl, then bells out a bit at the base; it’s perfect for wearing under a coat to keep the chill out.

The real excitement in this story is the yarn, Malabrigo silky merino.  I have been lusting after it ever since it came to live with me in my stash.  This was “special” yarn, something that was a gift from a good friend that I kept saving for just the right project.  I always envisioned something pretty and lacy, just never committed to anything.  So when my sister V admired it, I began thinking about knitting her something for her birthday.  It knits up light and lofty, and has this beautiful sheen; the colors range from a frosty pink to deep amethyst.  This pattern used maybe half a skein, so I have 1.5 skeins left to knit something lovely for myself.  Have you knit with silky merino?  Have any pattern suggestions?

 

S and V, ages 9 and 3

Happy Birthday.  I love you, sister!

 

Owl Cowl & Neckwarmer

Introducing 2 free patterns!  And it’s already on Ravelry, so queue it up!

This simple stitch pattern can be worked flat or in the round to create 2 different pieces.  It uses less than one skein of Malabrigo and knits up fast.

grapevine-cowl3 (yarn shown: Naturally Handknit Me by Nashua)

Materials:
Malabrigo Merino Worsted, 1 skein or 110 yards of any worsted weight yarn
Size 8 needles (16-inch circular for cowl pattern)
1 stitch marker
Tapestry needle
3 buttons no more than 1-inch in diameter for neckwarmer pattern

Finished Measurements:
Neckwarmer:  5 inches wide 26 inches long after blocking
Cowl:  5 ½ inches tall, 24 inch circumference after blocking

Abbreviations:
CO—Cast on
K—knit
P—purl
Sts—stitches
Yo—yarn over; bring yarn to the front of your work
Sl1—slip one stitch as if to knit
Psso—pass slipped stitch over the knit stitch
BO—bind off

Notes:
This stitch pattern is a simple 4-row repeat.  You can easily adjust the circumference or height of your piece by adding or subtracting stitches as stated for each pattern.  Similarly, these patterns can be adjusted to work with just about any yarn by changing needle sizes and amount of stitches cast on.  Use your favorite yarn and have fun!

Neckwarmer
Multiple of 7 + 2 stitches

orange-owl (Malabrigo merino worsted)

Using the Long Tail cast on, CO 135 stitches.

Row 1:  K2 * P5, K2 * repeat from * to last 2 sts, K2
Row 2: P2 * K2tog, yo, K1, yo, sl1, K1, psso, P2 * repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2
Row 3: same as row 1
Row 4: P2 * K5, P2 * repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2

Repeat rows 1 thru 4 until piece measures 4 ½ inches from CO edge, or until desired width, ending with row 4.  Bind off loosely in pattern.  Weave in ends.  Gently block to open up the eyelet details.  Position buttons vertically on the right side of the fabric in the purl fields, every other eyelet hole.  The eyelets will become the buttonholes; place the buttons so the neckwarmer will fit you as snugly or loosely as you care for.

owl-cowl-buttons

Cowl
Multiple of 7 stitches

owl-cowl (Valley Yarns Sugarloaf)

Using the Long tail cast on and circular needles, CO 126 stitches.

Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches.  Place a stitch marker here to indicate the beginning of the round.

Row 1: P2 * K5, P2 * repeat from * to last 5 stitches, K5
Row 2: same as row 1
Row 3: P2 * K2tog, yo, K1, yo, sl1, K1, psso* rep to marker
Row 4: same as row 1

Repeat rows 1 thru 4 until piece measures 4 inches from CO edge, or until desired width, ending with row 4.  Bind off loosely in pattern.  Weave in ends.  Gently block to open up the eyelet details.

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I hope you enjoy these patterns.  As always, please let me know if you come across anything that is unclear and I will correct it as soon as possible.

Ribbed for Your Warmth

I am still hard at work on my collection of neckwarmers, neck socks, cowls, and little scarf thingies for the upcoming craft fair.  Only 10 days to go–yikes!  This is one of my new designs, born out of a desire to knit something simple and quick but with some visual interest.  Inspired by the subtle beauty of this sage green yarn, I cast on a simple rib pattern, staggering the ribs as it grew.

  • Pattern: Ribbed for Your Warmth, now available on Ravelry!

  • Yarn: Malabrigo worsted merino in Vetiver, approx 100 yards

  • Needles: US size 8 16-inch circulars

Ribbed for Your Warmth

Materials:

Approximately 100 yards of the softest worsted weight yarn you can find.

US Size 8 16-inch circular needles, or size needed to get a cozy gauge.

1 stitch marker & a tapestry needle

  • Cast on 120 stitches.

  • Join stitches to knit in the round, placing a marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

  • K2 P2 to marker.  Repeat for a total of 10 rows in pattern.

  • P2 K2 to marker.  Repeat for a total of 10 rows in pattern.

  • Repeat these 2 instructions twice (for a total of 40 rows) and bind off loosely.

  • Use tapestry needle to weave in ends.

If you want your cowl to be a little larger, repeat pattern until desired length.  I made mine with 50 rows and it is long enough to tuck into your coat and still have plenty of warmth around the neck.  To adjust the circumference, simply add or subtract stitches in multiples of 4.

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Garter Stitch Neck Sock

I have been working feverishly on new neck warmer and cowl designs.  A few have turned out great, others have been frogged, and still more are in my head waiting to be knit.  Last week I was frustrated when, after what seemed like endless hours of knitting, I had no finished objects.  So I decided to cast on this instant gratification cowl, er neck sock, to help boost my knitting confidence.

This pattern is easy, satisfying, and a great way to show off the texture and color of this bulky yarn.  What better way to use a single skein of yarn to create a new accessory to help take the chill out of fall?

  • Pattern: Garter Stitch Neck Sock, by me!

  • Yarn: Malabrigo Bulky, in Charruro, 1 skein

  • Needles: US size 9 16-inch circular

  • Notes: This pattern can be adapted to use just about any yarn or needle size.  Simply increase or decrease the number of stitches you cast on.  Mine measures just under 6 inches wide, and 22 inches around before blocking.  It stretches easily over my head and sits away from my neck slightly.  Modify number of cast on stitches if you would like yours closer or farther away from the neck.

Garter Stitch Neck Sock by Peaceful Knitter

Using size 9 16-inch circular needles and a bulky yarn:

Cast on 82 stitches.

Join to work in the round, placing a marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

K2, P2 to marker

P2, K2 to marker

Repeat these 2 rows once more, or until piece measures 1 inch long.

Knit to marker.

Purl to marker.

Repeat these 2 rows until piece measures 4.5 inches from cast on edge.

K2, P2 to marker.

P2, K2 to marker.

Repeat these 2 rows twice more, or for 1 inch (match the first band of double moss stitch)

Bind off loosely.  Weave in ends.  Block if desired.  Wear it to keep warm and stylish!

And, for those of you who have been wondering about my fish babies, here’s an action shot:

They are fast, tiny, and very difficult to photograph.  I am happy to report that I have only had one casualty, and am raising a healthy dozen or so Goldust Mollies.