September 21, 2010 § 4 Comments
Okay so it’s possible I was under the influence of something mighty intoxicating when I dangerously went perusing the internet for inexpensive yarn. On one hand, I’m a bargain shopper… I’ve got to be able to supply my yarn fix on a modest salary. On the other hand, sometimes this can be disastrous as I will settle for a deal on an item that I haven’t seen in person. But when I ordered Shepherd Classic 100% Wool on WEBS for $3.29 per 220 yard skein (on sale from original price $6.95), I hit a home run. Not only is it a great classic worsted weight wool good for a variety of different types of projects, the color choices are pretty excellent too. Here’s a pattern for a cowl that I created to fit well with “Old Gold,” my color selection. The owl motif in the body of the cowl reminds me of gold medallion coins, especially with this color. Please enjoy!
One skein of Shepherd Classic 100% Wool in Old Gold (220 yards)
Gauge = 21 stitches x 26 rows in pattern on size #7 needles after blocking = 4″
K – knit
P – purl
wyif – with yarn in front
sl – slip stitch
3RC – slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back, knit 1, knit 2 from cable needle
3LC – slip 1 stitch onto cable needle and hold in front, knit 2, knit 1 from cable needle
Cast on 144 stitches. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. Place marker and work 2×2 ribbing (K2, P2) for 7 rounds.
Knit body of cowl in following pattern:
Rounds 1, 3 and 5 – (p3, k6, p3, k2, [sl st purlwise wyif] 2 times, k2) to end of the round.
Rounds 2, 4 and 6 – (p3, k6, p3, 3RC, 3LC) to end of the round.
Rounds 7, 9 and 11 – (p3, k2, [sl st purlwise wyif] 2 times, k2, p3, k6) to end of the round.
Rounds 8, 10 and 12 – (p3, 3RC, 3LC, p3, k6) to end of the round.
Repeat these 12 rounds 6 times total. Work 2×2 ribbing for 7 rounds more, then bind off loosely in pattern. Block it and rock it.