Wednesday, September 10, 2014

a pattern for you..

I've been overwhelmed by lovely people admiring my ribbed cowls lately, so I thought it was high time I shared the pattern with you all.

This one is  l u s h !  It's enormous and incredibly soft with super drape, and it is one of the fastest projects you will ever make.  I would love to see this as a simple long open ended scarf too, I think it would be quite stunning all loosely wrapped around and hanging.

Little feet interrupting my shoot and standing right in the middle of the cowl give you an idea of the scale.  It's big.

I chose 'Hudson' by Vera Moda for the yarn which is a wool/acrylic blend, simply because it was the fattest yarn I could find.  Something in a thick cotton or jersey could be nice too.  I have also used a 10mm hook to create the airy drape element.

Using this size yarn creates a cowl which measures approx. 60cm high x 48cm wide this might vary depending on your tension.  I like to keep my tension quite loose.

So to break it down..

350 grams of super chunky yarn (the actual size wasn't on the label)
10mm hook and loose hands for airy drape

To begin, I have chained 50 plus 1 (this is my turning stitch)

First Row..
1 treble into the back loop of each chain all the way to the end
chain 1 and turn your work

Second Row..
just like your first row, 1 treble into the back stitch of each treble in the previous row, do this all the way to the end
chain 1 and turn your work

Subsequent Rows..
Repeat as per row 2 until your work is the desired width

After about the third row, you'll be able to see the rib effect taking shape

To finish..
Tie off your yarn, leaving a long tail.  Make sure it's long enough to stitch your cowl's sides together.
Fold your cowl in half, the ribs running vertical (running straight up and down).
Using a tapestry needle, join your sides.  Be careful to keep your stitches neat and you'll find they will be almost invisible when you hold/wear your cowl.
Weave in your ends.

And that's that! So easy!

Give it a go and maybe you could do a post to show us your finished product.  If you do, share your link here in the comments, I'd love to see!