Soooo… remember that delightful handspun yarn I purchased last week?
Well, as I mentioned in my previous “7 days earlier…” post, I decided to knit it up into a cowl for my good friend, Amanda, who is visiting this week. We met long, long ago (over a decade *gasp!*) in my very first class at University of Idaho. The instructor read out the attendance list, said the name of my ex, and I realized the guy I had moved to University of Idaho for a week earlier (and then went through a break up with 2 days later) happened to be in the same class and mumbled some sort of expletive under my breaths. Amanda asked if I knew the guy and I half-heartedly said yes. That’s when she told me she had gone to high school with him and he was one of her close friends ex’s as well! Well, how could I not be friends with her?! It’s a small world.
The ex & I got back together, 2 years later The Kid was created, and Amanda was there for me like no one else was when I was pregnant, in a small college town with few real friends & no family, and terrified about the huge life changing experience I was going through. We’ve remained friends ever since, even though she lives 8 hours away. Amanda is now a food scientist in Olympia and we stop in to visit & chat when we head to Seattle & she stops in on her way to see family in Idaho.
She’s a busy gal who loves outdoor activities in gorgeous Washington, where the weather is often a bit chilly. So, even though it is 116 degrees in Idaho this week I thought a cowl would be great for her (most of the year… just not necessarily right now). When I knit up a sample piece of the pattern I created I noticed the slight variations of light blue & grey in the handspun yarn. It reminded me of blueberries swirled in batter. And then, the super simple lace pattern created a lattice effect, like the top of a pie. TADA! The Blueberry Pie Cowl was created.
One of the things I like about this pattern is that you don’t turn the work each time you get to the end of a row. I. Hate. Turning. Work. It’s such a hassle. Honestly, when I began knitting I figured out how to reverse all the stitches in my head so that I wouldn’t have to turn the work (can you tell how much I dislike turning work). But, with this pattern, you don’t have to do that, because I’m nice like that.
There wasn’t enough of the handspun to create the cowl, so I edged it in a gorgeous dove grey color. I used Sheep(ish) brand yarn, because it was the best color combo I could find on short notice. The Sheep(ish) knit up well though and was a great compliment to the handspun.
To give the cowl a little bit of panache, and help it fit flatteringly under a coat collar, I added a little mobius twist when combining the seams. I like it! I plan on knitting one for myself in pale grey & pink (to go with my hot pink trench coat).
Here’s a super simple pattern for the Blueberry Pie Cowl:
– 1 skein (at least 144 yds) yarn color #1 (4.25 – 4.5 sts/ inch)
– 1 skein (at least 167 yds) yarn color #2 (4.25 – 4.5 sts/inch)
– set of size 8 circular knitting needles
– yarn needle (or crochet needle, if you prefer) to join seams & tuck in yarn ends
Cast on 148 sts in yarn color #1 . Work in Modified Seed Stitch for 1.5″ height.
Modified Seed Stitch:
Row 1: *Knit 1, Purl 1*, repeat *Knit 1, Purl 1* to end.
Row 2 (DON’T Turn the work): *Purl 1, Knit 1*, repeat ** to end.
You should be knitting in the knit stitch below and purling in the purl stitches.
Row 3 (Remember, DON’T turn the work): *Purl 1, Knit 1*, repeat ** to end.
Now you are purling in the knit stitches & knitting in the purl stitches.
Row 4 (DON’T turn the work… just never turn it, ok?): *Knit 1, Purl 1*, repeat ** to end.
Again, you are knitting in the knit stitches & purling in the purls.
Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until piece measures 1.5″ in height.
On to the Lattice Lace Stitch. It’s also super easy, AND WE’RE STILL NOT TURNING THE WORK. Continue for 2.5″ in yarn color #1 working the lattice stitch.
Lattice Lace Stitch:
Row 1: Knit 1, *Yarn Over, Knit 2 together*, repeat ** to last stitch, Knit 1.
Row 2: Knit all stitches to end.
Row 3: Knit 2, *Yarn over, knit 2 together*, repeat ** to end.
Row 4: Knit all stitches to end.
Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until Lattice Lace stitch part of work measures 2.5″ (width of total piece is now 4″).
Once the width of the piece measures 4″ total, join yarn color #1 & yarn color #2 (at end of last row).
Now work in the Lattice Lace Stitch using yarn color #2 for 5″ width. Total width of piece will be 9″.
Once the yarn color #2 section is 5″ wide, join yarn color #1 at end of last row. Work in Lattice Lace stitch using yarn color #1 for 2.5″. The width of the piece will be 11.5″ once this section is completed.
And (lastly), using yarn color #1, work in Modified Seed Stitch for another 1.5″.
You’re done once the total width of the piece measures 13″.
Now, bind off on a knit row. Make sure to not bind off too tightly, you don’t want to make bind off edge snugger than the rest of the cowl.
Once you have the panel of the cowl completed, you’ll want to lay it flat. Now turn one end of the length (the narrow end) over once. This will create a twist in the cowl panel (you’ll see the purl side stitches on one part of the twist and the knit side stitches on the other).
Hold the two narrower ends of the cowl together and join at the seams. You can use a yarn needle to sew the seams or slip crochet them. Tuck in the stray ends of your yarn. You’re done!
Wear your awesome new cowl with pride! Probably not in July, but when it gets misty & cooler (say… September) then you rock that cowl!
Definitely share a pic if you’ve tried the Blueberry Pie Cowl! I’ll add a pic of Amanda sporting hers (the one I’m wearing in the pics to show it to you) when she gets it.