Thursday, May 12, 2016


This is an easy to knit cowl.  I named it Seeds of Love because I loved knitting it and of course Seed Stitch.  You might  finish this version in one evening or afternoon .  A longer version that wraps around twice can be found on Ravelry under the name Gap-tastic  Cowl.  It is a free pattern and quite easy and fun to knit  My version is smaller and fits over the head and close to the neck.
Yarn: Medium weight 6 ply, or even lighter weight if that is what you have stashed.  The weight of the yarn affects the density of the knit, so try a swatch of 4" X 4" to see how you like the density of your yarn for this project.
Needles:  6mm or us 10 or the size your yarn recommends.
Gauge: Does not apply for this project.
 PATTERN:  Measure around your head and add 6 inches to get the width of the cowl
Cast on an odd number of stitches, that will be the length that you measured to fit over your head plus the ease of 6 inches.
First Row:  Placing a marker after the last cast on stitch you will be joining, without twisting, the first cast on to the last cast on stitch by knitting into that stitch. Next stitch, Purl. Next Knit 1, Purl 1  etc. to the stitch marker you placed.  This marker will remind you that you are starting another row.  Now you will in the next row, knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches. Refer to the picture above and you will see how the K1 where in the previous row the stitch was a P1, that you will get the "seed" effect.  Transfer the marker from the left needle to the right as you start another row.   Follow this K1, P1 on all rows until the cowl is the length you want, .  Cast off loosely and after cutting off a length of yarn about 6 inches from the last stitch, weave that yarn end into the cowl.  Wash and block as advised on the yarn label.  So, there you are.  A lovely cowl to keep or gift.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Cowl called THE WALL

I named it The Wall because I am a fan of Game Of a Thrones, and this cowl holds back the cold of Winter!  It's a simple knit on 2 needles, knit like a scarf, only shorter and the first and last rows are sewn together.  It' s reversible and versatile.
Ingredients:  A skein of bulky yarn for warmth in  white, or any colour you fancy.  Needles as recommended on the yarn label.  Gauge, does not matter.
Pattern as follows:.  Cast on  72 stitches.  Slip the 1st, knit the next 3 sts, (every row). Knit 4, Purl 4 to the last 4 sts  Knit the next 4 sts. (every row)
Continue this  4 st. Rib and the knit  every row the first and last 4 sts., with the slip 1st stitch until you can fit it around your head loosely.  Cast off loosely.  Then sew the beginning and last row together.
If you want a looser,, Lacey look, you can use finer yarn and a larger needle set.  Knit more rows to make it longer, almost, or even to, scarf length.  Another hack is to use two different sizes of needle, such as a 6mm and a 10mm, so that you get a really stretchy, loose look.
If you want to make a scarf, I recommend after casting on, to knit every row for 6 rows  using the smaller needles together (then do the larger needle, smaller needle knit) and when you decide the scarf is long enough, knit every row for the next 6 rows ( using the smaller need,lea) and then cast off loosely.