Monday, January 02, 2012

new year's smocking cowl


Happy New Year ! I hope you all had some nice holidays, and may 2012 bring you all you wish for.

Christmas and New Year's went by in a blur, a lot of time spent with family and friends and so much good food, which is how it should be. Not much quiet time, but I managed to start and finish this cowl somehow. Actually it only took a couple of hours, I think I spent more time deciding on the pattern than knitting it. I only had one ball of yarn - something someone sent me from a swap years ago when I didn't think mustard yellow was such a fabulous color - and in the end decided on a simple smocking stitch. Directions are below if you wish to make one for yourself (consider it a New year's gift ... as I said, it only takes a couple of hours ;)

(E para quem perguntou, os sacos de celofane vieram desta loja do ebay. Cá em Lisboa infelizmente não sei onde se podem comprar.)


Yarn: any bulky yarn, about 100m (I actually made this cowl using 80 m which was all I had, but it depends if you want it larger or longer)

Needles: (short) 9mm circular needles (you can also use DPN's or magic loop on longer circular needles, depending on your preference)

Abbreviations: RH (right hand), LH (left hand), CO (cast-on)
Directions:
CO 56 sts (or any multiple of 8)
Join in the round, placing one marker at end of row. Purl 1 row.
Start smocking pattern:
  • R1: *K2, P2, K2, P2, repeat from * till end of row.
  • Knit 2 more rows following the ribbed pattern.
  • R4 (smocking row):  * insert RH needle from front to back between stitches 6 and 7 on LH needle, pull a loop of yarn and place it on LH needle. Knit that stitch and the next together. K1, P2, K2, P2. Repeat from * till end of row.
  • Knit 3 more rows following the ribbed pattern.
  • R8 (smocking row): K2, P2, * insert RH needle from front to back between stitches 6 and 7 on LH needle, pull a loop a place it on LH needle. Knit that stitch and the next together. K1, P2, K2, P2. Repeat from * till 4 stitches after the end of row.
  • Knit 3 more rows following the ribbed pattern.
Purl 1 row.
Bind-off.
(For a longer cowl just repeat R4 and R1 another 3 times before knitting the final Purl row).

5 comments:

Escalla said...

it ended up much better than i thought, and the wool is prettier than at first glance!

i might do one for myself (i do have those 2 loose malabrigos i bought at Retrosaria)

3 Gatos Miaus said...

Bom Ano Tania....
Obrigada por esta fantástica gola!!! :)

Angela said...

I can only crochet and wish I knew how to knit for this is a lovely pattern.

Maria Nunes said...

adorei!
pena eu não saber tricotar :-((

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