Tuesday, 18 December 2012

A cosy Winter cowl

I kind of made the decision a month ago that I was not going to make any Christmas presents - but it must be some kind of disease as no matter how I try not to: I always end up doing something! I produced the Christmas deco's but having visited the Knitting and Stitching Show @ Harrogate - which I thought was pretty fab this year - I came back desperate to knit something in gorgeous Alpaca and I just had to feed my addiction!
So, no time to develop something new, no time to do crochet - but enough time to modify a pattern, use big needles, thick yarn and hey presto a pressie for Christmas produced in 2 evenings!  Instant gratification!!!!

Rowan Alpaca Chunky - 100gm balls x 2 for the cowl, if you add the cuff you will need a 3rd ball.
10 mm circular needle - 80cm long
8mm needles - for the cuff
3 matching buttons

Cast on 140sts using the 10mm circular needle.
Working in the round, Knit 2 rounds
Purl 4 rounds
Knit 4 rounds - repeat last 8 rounds once more 
Purl 4 rounds
Knit 2 rounds
Cast off.
Tidy up ends.

So you now have the cowl:

To add the 'cuff' - 

Using 8mm needles cast on 44 sts.
Knit 1 row,
Purl 1 row,
*Purl 1 row,
Knit to last 6sts, cast off 2 sts, knit 4sts
Purl 4, cast on 2, Purl to end
Knit 1 row.
Knit 1 row, 
Purl 1 row
Repeat from * twice more.
Cast off.

Tidy ends and sew 3 buttons into place on cuff to match button holes.


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  1. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lovely version of this pattern :) Hope you have a fab Christmas and New Year, see you in 2013!
    Alison x

  3. Hi, do you sell these?? They are lovely! X

  4. Hi, do you sell these?? They are lovely! X

  5. Hi, do you sell these?? They are lovely! X


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