Monday, March 25, 2013

The Northern Spring Shawl/Cowl

Or as I like to call it, a "Showl".  This is my latest knitting pattern, inspired by a beautiful shawl/cowl/infinity scarf that a lady in town wove. This "showl" is a great in-between season accessory and looks great with a light coat or sweater to add a little extra warmth. 
 Ah, Northern Spring, or as others like to call it, "Winter."

 The texture of this "showl" is lovely, the linen stitch gives it the appearance of being woven and the reverse side feels so luxurious.

Northern Spring Shawl-Cowl (Showl)
Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky in Grey Heather, 6 skeins

Needles: 8mm

Gauge: 3st and 4 rows = 1 inch in linen stitch (gauge is not too important in this project)

Measurements: 19 inches wide and 6 feet long

ybk-bring yarn to the back of work
yfwd-bring yarn to the front of work

Notes: This "showl" is cast on using an open/invisible cast-on and then joined to the end using kitchener stitch to make a continuos loop. The seam is still somewhat visible though, and if doing an open cast-on is intimidating for you, go ahead and use your regular cast-on method and sew up the two ends in whatever way works best for you.

Cast on 60 stitches using the invisible or open cast-on method.
Work in linen stitch until "showl" measures 6 feet long. Linen stitch pattern is as follows:
*k1, yfwd,  sl1, ybk* until 2 stitches remain. k2
*p1,ybk, sl1, yfwd* until 2 stitches remain. p2

When shawl/cowl measures 6 feet long, place the open cast-on stitches on a needle as well, twist the shawl/cowl in one full twist (like an infinity scarf) and join the two edges in kitchener stitch to make one continuos loop. Weave in ends. Wrap that "showl" around you and revel in its softness and warmth with a mind at ease, knowing that you didn't have to sacrifice comfort for style.
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