Monday, February 4, 2013

Chevron cowl

I really like the new trend of chevron stripes, and I wanted to see if I could incorporate it into a cowl. Starting with the general guidelines from this Striped Chevron Baby Blanket pattern that I found on Ravelry, I adapted it for a cowl.

Here is the pattern. I used easy-care commercial yarns rather than the hand-dyed ones I prefer because I'm making this for a friend who prefers this.

The chevron stripes are formed by decreases and increases. You alternate a chevron row with a knit row. You may want to place a marker between every chevron to make sure you're staying on track. (I did, and it really helped!) This is a 15-stitch chevron pattern, so you'll be repeating it five times in every chevron row.

Main color: Cascade Pacific in baby blue
Contrast color: Lion Wool-Ease in ivory
Accent color: Lion Wool-Ease in black
Needle: Size 8 16" circular

Chevron pattern: K2tog, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, slip 1, K1, PSSO
(Slip 1, K1, PSSO = slip 1 stitch to the right-hand needle, knit 1, then pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch. See more details here.)

Cast on 75 stitches in the main color. Join for knitting in the round, making sure stitches are not twisted. Place marker.

Step 1. In main color, do 3 rows in garter stitch: Purl 1 row, knit 1 row, purl 1 row.

Step 2. Ivory stripe: In contrast color, do 8 rows
Row 1: knit
Row 2: chevron pattern (5 times)
Repeat 3 times

Step 3. Blue/black stripe: In main color, do 4 rows
Row 1: knit
Row 2: chevron pattern (5 times)
Repeat 1 time

Switch to accent color, do 2 rows
Row 1: knit
Row 2: chevron pattern (5 times)

Switch back to main color, do 4 rowsRow 1: knit
Row 2: chevron pattern (5 times)
Repeat 1 time

Step 4: Ivory stripe (Repeat of Step 2)

Step 5: Blue/black stripe (Repeat of Step 3)

Step 6: Ivory stripe (Repeat of Step 2)

Step 7: Garter stitch (Repeat of Step 1)

Bind off loosely. (As always, I used Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off.)

The finished cowl is 17 1/2" diam and 10" high -- kind of close to the neck and tall enough to pull over your ears on a windy day. I'm making another one a little wider and shorter, so I may post pictures of that too.

Let me know if you have any comments or questions.

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