People who know me will know I don’t sit still. I listen best with the radio on and accomplish more when I’m moving but since some activities, game playing and movie watching for example, require a little stillness I do a lot of handwork. When I was on self imposed bed rest right after Christmas I cast on a little cowl using the end of some beautiful green fingering I had left from a sweater I knit four years ago as we drove to San Diego.
Simple mindless knitting as I lay in bed and rode the subway and sat in the ultrasound clinic waiting room. Just a pretty bit of softness I’ve had on nearly everyday since.
What follow is more of a formula than a pattern and is adaptable to any weight of yarn on any needles. It would also make a lovely gift for someone who needs a pretty little hug they can wear with them throughout the day. I’m calling it Silas and you can find a more proper pattern page for it on Ravelry here. but what follows is more than adequate to get it done. If you’ve never knit before I suspect with a YouTube search or two you could easily finish this in a couple of weeks, an experienced knitter could knock it out in a fairly lazy weekend.
CO a multiple of six stitches in something nice and stretchy (I used a long tail cast on because I do reflexively)
*A swatch is always a good idea for estimating the number of stitches you want for the effect you’re hoping for but cowls are forgiving and so am I. I just cast on until I felt good about the number I had*
Join your work in the round.
Work five (or more) rows of 3×3 rib which means, in real words, knit three stitches then purl three stitches, repeating until you get back around to the start. Do this until your ribbed section is as tall as you’d like.
Work double that many rows in plain knit (knit every stitch).
Now, at this point it is really nice if you have an accurate kitchen scale or small weight scale. I used mine to weigh the yarn I had remaining and deduct it from my starting total. That told me how much would be needed to knit the end section and gave me the ability to use the entire ball. Without a scale you need to estimate what the ribbing and plain sections used up so you can be sure to have enough left to repeat them at the end.
Begin the pattern stitches.
This is a simple spiraling pattern of knit two togethers (k2tog) and yarn overs (yo). Eventually this pattern will begin to show you what comes next as the rhythm of the spirals emerges but I’m attaching both a written and charted representation of the pattern just in case.
Round 1: yo, knit 4 (k4), k2tog, repeat to end of round
Round 2: k4, k2tog, yo, repeat to end of round
Round 3: k3, k2tog, yo, k1, repeat to end of round
Round 4: k2, k2tog, yo, k2, repeat to end of round
Round 5: k1, k2tog, yo, k3, repeat to end of round
Round 6: k2tog, yo, k4, repeat to end of round
Repeat the pattern until you have reached your estimated yarn requirement for the final section or until your cowl is approaching the height you’d like it to be.
Work the plain section again followed by the ribbing then bind off all stitches. Weave in your ends and you are all done.