Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Irish Mesh Knit Cowl
At the Rose City Yarn Crawl this year, I was lucky enough to discover Thoroughly Thwacked yarns! (Edit: This company's name has been changed to Fierce Fibers. The above link will still take you there.)Stacey is the Oregon artist behind this indie line and what a palette of colors!! If you haven't run across her yarn before, you have to take a look on her website at the gorgeous colorways and the hilariously entertaining names. Like Pastry Bandit, Poison Apple, and Bruised Fairy. Every name has a backstory - I got to visit with her for a short while and hear about the man on an overpass throwing chocolate frosted/rainbow sprinkled pastries onto the cars below and inspiring Pastry Bandit. Seriously I could've listened to how they all were named - she needs to publish these! It was hard to decide which one to buy, but since St. Patrick's Day is coming up and I seem to be short of green to wear, I chose Paddy Cake.
I designed this simple cowl using it. It's long enough to be looped twice or you can just let it hang around your neck as an accent. Mine is about 5 inches wide when blocked and used about 300 yards - if you'd like to make yours wider, there is plenty of yarn to do that with. And if you'd rather make yours a shorter cowl, just make sure you cast on a multiple of three plus one.
1 skein fingering weight yarn. I used Thoroughly Thwacked's Vixen, a super soft merino/silk blend.
Size 5 circular needles
Cast on 301 stitches. Join to form a circle, being careful not to twist into a moebius. Or if that happens anyway, decide you wanted a moebius cowl afterall! Place stitch marker and begin.
Set up rows:
Row 1: knit all the way around
Row 2: purl all the way around
Row 3: knit
Row 4: purl
Row 1: Knit (k) 2, *yarn over (yo), slip 1, k2, pass slip stitch over both knit stitches.* Repeat instructions between *'s until you have 1 stitch left - knit this stitch.
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, *slip 1, k2, pass slip stitch over both knit stitches, yo*. Repeat instructions between *'s until you have 2 stitches left - knit these stitches.
Row 4: Purl
Repeat rows 1 - 4 of the mesh section until cowl is the desired width. End by repeating the set up rows and then bind off. Give the cowl a fairly aggressive blocking to open up the mesh.
Happy Creating! Deborah