Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bulky Squares Cowl



Happy new year fellow knitters and crocheters. A very cold weather needs bulky cowls, don't you think so? I wanted a simple yet new pattern with a twist, and this is what came out with me. Its gradient white and black shaded yarn is elegant, and like many cowls, it can be put on in many ways, enjoy.

Materials


NAKO spaghetti Effect; 3.5 oz/ 100 g, 65.6 yds/ 60 m approx.
25% wool, 75% premium acrylic.
Antarctica 7653,  3 balls.

Size U.S. 11 (8 mm) knitting needles, U.S. 11 (8 mm) circular needle, 32" (80 cm) long.
Stitch Holders: 4
Stitch Marker
Tapestry needle

yardage:
125- 130 yds/ 115- 120 m approx.

level: intermediate



knitting Terms
k = knit
p = purl
k2togtbl = knit 2 stitches together through back loops.
M1btf = increase 1 stitch, insert the needle from back to front into the horizontal strand between the stitches, knit the stitch through the front loop.
M1ftb =increase 1 stitch, insert the needle from front to back into the horizontal strand between the stitches, knit the stitch through the back loop.



Measurements:

6" (23 cm) wide x 27.5" (70 cm) around.

Gauge:
10 sts x 21 rows = 4" (10 cm)
in Garter Pattern.



Instructions

Making first square:

With straight pair of needles, Cast on 3 sts:

Row 1: k 1, p 1, k 1.
Row 2: k 1, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k 1.
Row 3: k 2, p 1(use a stitch marker to this center stitch), k 2. 
Row 4: k 2, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k 2.
Row 5: k to center stitch, p 1, k to end.
Row 6: k to center stitch, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k to end.
Row 7: repeat row 5.

Repeat rows 6 and 7 fourteen more times, the last row:
 (k 17, p1, k 17).
Now the first square is finished.



Making the second square:

Put the first 16 stitches in a stitch holder, cut yarn. bind on yarn to the remaining stitches and work as follow:

Row 1k 1, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 2: k 2, p 1(use a stitch marker to mark this center stitch), k 2. 
Row 3: k 2, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k 1, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 4: k 3, p 1, k 3. 
Row 5: k 3, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k 2, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 6: k 4, p 1, k 4.
Row 7: k to center st, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k to last st, k2togtbl (the last st and a st from first square), turn.
Row 8: k to center st, p 1, k to end.

keep on working till the 16 stitches of the first square is knit to second square side, and finishing with row:
 k 16 and put them in a stitch holder. 
Now the second square is finished.








Making the third square:

Row 1: k 1, p 1, k2togtbl (the last st and a st from second square), turn. 
Row 2: k 1, M1btf, k 1 (mark this center stitch), M1ftb, k 1.
Row 3: k 2, p 1, k 1, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 4: k 2, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k 2.  
Row 5: k 3, p 1, k 2, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 6: k to center st. M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k to end.
Row 7:k to center st, p 1, k to last st, k2togtbl (the last st and a st from second square), turn.

keep on working till the 16 stitches of the second square is knit with third square rows, the finishing row: 
k 16 (to center st),p 1, k to last st, k2togtbl (the last st of third square and the st of second square).
The third square is finished.

Making the fourth square:
Repeat second square, then cast off the remaining sts (3 center stitches and 16 stitches of the fourth square upper side.

Now you have 4 squares in total, and two groups of (16 stitches) in stitches holders on each side of work.

Finishing the Cowl:
Sew the seams of the two ends of the cowl together.


Making the edges of cowl:
Using the circular needle, pick up 16 stitches of one side of any square on any side of cowl,put the 16 stitches group, pick up another 16 stitches, put the second 16 stitches group, (64 sts).

Work two rows in simple rib pattern (k 1, p 1), then cast off all stitches leaving enough yarn to sew ends. 

Repeat on the other edge of cowl. Weave in loose ends, enjoy wearing the cowl.



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