I wear my hair very short so I see my stylist at least every 6 weeks. She's a nice young woman and I enjoy my time with her. (She's also the only person who knows exactly how many gray hairs I have and she lies to me so I don't feel so bad). Although not a knitter herself, she always likes to hear me talk about my crafty crafts and to see what I'm working on. And she does this without mocking. So a few months ago when she jokingly asked me to make her a cowl, I decided I would do just that and surprise her with one.
I'm really not all that creative with names so I named this cowl after her: Katie.
The spinning is pretty easy and the more uneven the better, so it's a great project for the relatively novice spinner. However, two color brioche can be a little confusing at first which is why I gave this pattern a Tangy rating. The pattern will show itself after a few rows, so be patient, take your time, and have fun with it.
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Length: 65 inches The length of the cowl really doesn't matter, but over 60 inches guarantees that your cowl is long enough to wrap around your neck twice. Width: approximately 7.5 inches unstretched
MATERIALS Fiber: [MC] Spun Right Round Fiber and Yarns [Falkland; roving]; color: Pegasus; 8 ounces.
[CC] Lamb's Pride Worsted by Brown Sheep Company [85% wool/15% mohair; 190 yards/173 meters per 113 g skein]; color: Grey Heather; 1 skein
per inch: 8
used: approximately 175 yards for each color.
Drafting method: worsted
Commercial Yarn Alternative
Manos del Uruguay Wool Classica Space Dyed [100% pure wool; 138yds per 100g skein]; 2 skeins
Recommended needle size [always use a needle size that
gives you the gauge listed below --
every knitter's gauge is unique]
24-inch US #9/5.5mm circular needle. Note that although this scarf is worked flat, it cannot be worked on straight needles.
14 sts/16 rows = 4 inches in 2 color brioche stitch, unstretched, after blocking.
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
The MC stripes are made by tearing apart each 4 oz braid lengthwise multiple times and spinning each section one after another. Each 4 oz braid was spun this way and then the yarn from the 2 braids were plied together.
Row 1 [CC]: K1, [yf sl1 yb, brk1] to last 2 stitches, yf sl1 yb, k1. Do not turn, but slide work to the other end of the needle.
Row 1 [MC]: With CC hanging in back, sl1, yf, [brp1, sl1 yon] to last 2 stitches, brp1, yb, slip last stitch. Turn work.
Row 2 [CC]: P1, [sl1yon, brp1] to last 2 stitches, sl1 yon, p1. Do not turn, but slide work to the other end of the needle.
Row 2 [MC]: With CC hanging in front, sl1, yb, [brk1, yf sl 1 yb] to last 2 stitches brk1, yf, sl last st. Turn work.
Repeat Rows 1 [CC, MC] and Rows 2 [CC, MC] until piece measures desired length.
Bind off with CC and break both yarns.
Block, but don't stretch it. The cowl will be very stretchy and that's how you want it to be.
Without twisting, bring the ends together with the [CC] sides facing and whip-stitch the top-most CC loops together using CC yarn. The CC seam should be apparent on the CC side.
Weave in all ends.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Maryse Roudier is a research project manager who in her spare time is a knitter, crocheter, spinner, photographer and all around maker of things. Her crochet designs have appeared in Crochet Today, Knitting it Old School, and Interweave's Crochet at Home and Clever Crocheted Accessories. She lives in the greater Boston metropolitan area with her husband and three stray cats who won't leave the yard but refuse to come into the house.