Back in the autumn, when I came across a bargain bin with a ball of super chunky green yarn, with sparkly bits in it, I just knew exactly what to knit. Lovely Youngest’s favourite colour is green. She also often works outside. So, with winter coming up, I knew she’d appreciate a cowl.
Because using super chunky meant very few stitches to a row or very few rows – depending on which way I knitted it – I didn’t want much of a pattern. I chose to mix moss stitch with stocking stitch.
Although Lovely Littlest liked it (and forgave me a few uneven stitches, because I hadn’t had time to block it) she said, when she’s working on set she’d really like something firmer that hugs her neck more like a polo neck jumper, than a cowl.
I wasn’t too disappointed I’d got it wrong, as she’ll wear it when not working. I also knew exactly what to knit to fit her description. I’m definitely not the first to do this, but last year I knitted a quick cowl in garter stitch from super chunky when I wanted a knit in the dark project.
Checking out the yarns in my local yarn shop, I chose some green Bergere de France Recyclaine. As the name suggests it’s made from recycled materials or at least 60% of it is. It had a much firmer feel than the creative liesl and I knitted it on 8mm needles rather than 9mm – as the ball suggested – to make a firmer fabric. I also made the circumference a bit smaller than my garter stitch cowl.
Lovely littlest was very pleased. I was a little concerned that when I tried it on the yarn felt a bit prickly around my neck – but I didn’t say anything, believing the power of suggestion may influence her. But I will ask subtly now the weather is colder.
The garter cowl is simply knitted in a flat strip to the height and circumference desired for the cowl then seamed together. How firm it ends up will depend on the yarn and needles used. The pattern for the seed and stocking stitch cowl is below.
Hope you’re having a good and creative week,
Seed and Stocking Stitch Cowl
Size: one size approx. Depth: 30cm/12inches, circumference: 53cm/22inches.
Yarn: approx.150g super bulky yarn. Yarn used: Rico Creative Liesl, colour: pistachio.
Needles: Pair of 12mm/US #17
Gauge: 6 stitches x 9 rows = 10x10cm/4×4 inches
- Cast on 24 stitches.
- Row 1: (k1, p1) twice, k10, p6, (p1, k1) twice.
- Row 2: (k1, p1) twice, k6, p10, (p1, k1) twice.
- Rep these 2 rows until piece measures 22inches/53cm or desired length.
Block then seam with right sides together along short seem of moss stitch that boarders stocking stitch, along stocking stitch and along a couple of stitches of reverse stocking stitch. Turn inside out and seem wrong sides together along the rest of the seam.
Turn right side out and fold moss stitch boarder down over the reverse stocking stitch until it is just overlaps it – hiding the reverse stocking stitch from view. Sew loosely at a few points behind the moss stitch boarder to keep in place.
Wear and enjoy.