Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Just in time for the Holiday--Free Cowl Pattern

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa.  Last Monday I Priority Mailed my knitted Men's Reversible Ensemble (beanie, fingerless mitts, and scarf) to Skacel for their approval.  By Friday I was on pins and needles because I had not heard from them.  I emailed them from my mother's house and got an immediate response.  The pieces and pattern had arrived and to quote the email, "They look GREAT!"  I was so happy that I nearly cried.  I worried all week, because as many of you know as knitters, crocheters, or crafters in general, you can always find something wrong with your work.  I was extremely proud of my first ever design and publishing contract and prayed all week for it to arrive safely and for the powers that be at Skacel Collection, Inc. to like what I had created.  And they did.  Praise God!  So, In honor of my first pattern being published, I decided to knit up a quick and easy cowl.  I also decided to post the pattern here for free as I want to share it with my readers and others looking for free patterns.  My hope is that you like it, will try it, and tell me what you think (especially if you find a mistake so I can correct it).  It is quite warm, as the weather has turned very cold here in NC (colder than I can remember it getting this early in the winter).  The yarn I used is discontinued, however you should be able to find a great substitute at your LYS or Big Box store.  Ravelry calls it super bulky, however I found it to be more of the bulky/chunky variety.  I really enjoyed working with it and wish I had more, but, alas, it is discontinued.   The yarn color inspired the name (looks like candy) and stitch pattern (reminds me of steam rising from a warm drink).   It knits up quickly (I finished mine over a weekend).  My wife is modeling the cowl in these pics.   The pattern is written below or can be found as a Google Document here:  Peppermint Hot CoCowl

Peppermint Hot CoCowl
by Rusty Boyd, 
Small Town Knit Guy 

Warm ribbing in a wavy pattern!
Difficulty level:  EASY!
Dimensions:  Approximately 7.5 inches wide x 11 inches in length 

Materials:  2 balls OnLine Linie 146 Montana in the Ruby Fire  colorway (01) (my wife is modeling) 
1 skein Loops and Threads Charisma  (my daughter is modeling)
 (or bulky (#5) yarn of your choice that gives you the approximate gauge)
                  size 11 DPN or long circular for magic loop 
                         (or size that gives you approximate gauge)
                  cable needle
                  tapestry needle
                  stitch marker

Gauge:  Not entirely important but -- approximately 3.5 stitches and 3 rows per inch (pre-blocking)

               CN-Cable Needle

Stitch Pattern:  Wavy Rib (from Mon Tricot Knitting Dictionary 1030 Stitches and Patterns)                     modified for working in the round    multiple of 6
         Rounds 1-6:  *P4, k2*
         Round 7: *P2, sl 2 to cn and hold to back of work, k2, p2 from cn
         Rounds 8-12: *P2, k2, p2*
         Round 13:  *Sl 2 to cn and hold to back of work, k2, p2 from cn, p2*
         Rounds 14-18: *K2, p4*
         Round 19: *sl last 2 p st from previous round to cn and hold in back of work, K2, p2 from cn, p2,
                             sl 2 st to cn and hold in back of work, k2, p2 from cn, p2
         Rounds 20-24:  repeat rounds 14-18
         Round 25:  repeat round 19

Cast on  60 stitches. Place stitch marker to mark beginning of round.  Join to work in the round.  Work pattern stitches through round 25.  Repeat rounds 20-25 to desired length (height).   To bind off I used Elizabeth Zimmerman's Sewn Bind off.  (Click for link to Knitty.)   It gives a stretchy bind off which will be helpful when pulling this over your head.  Use tapestry needle to weave in ends.  Blocking I feel is unnecessary with this type of accessory, but you can if you like.

copyright 2010
Rusty Boyd
Small Town Knit Guy 
For personal use only,  Please ask permission before duplicating, or making items to sell.



  1. Diggin' the cowl design! And congratulations on becoming a published designer!!

  2. Looks wonderful!! I should make this to practice my cable stitch!