I’ve been on a real cowl thing lately, if you hadn’t noticed. They’re quick to knit and super-practical, especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest—yet for some reason have a wardrobe full of scoop-necked T-shirts.
I actually made Single Malts as Christmas presents for both my husband and my step-dad but it would work just as well for a woman (just make it pink or something). And it’s fast. If I can make two of these in the weeks before Christmas, knitters who aren’t ADD shouldn’t have any problem turning one out in a weekend.
Bear in mind these aren’t super-professional instructions. I haven’t had this tested or tech edited or anything useful like that. But it’s free, so there you go.
Single Malt Cowl
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande Paint100 gr/110 yds. Color: 8822.
Finished size: 17″ around at top, 9″ long at front.
Gauge: 13 sts x 22 rows = 4″ (10 cm). (Gauge isn’t absolutely vital, but you do want to be sure this fits over the recipient’s head.)
Needles: US 10.5 dpns or 16″ circulars
Notions: Marker; tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
CO 48 sts, place marker and join, being careful not to twist sts.. Work 6 rnds in garter stitch.
Rnd 1: k1, m1L, k to 1 st before marker, m1R, k1.
Rnd 2: Knit around
Rep Rnds 1 & 2 until cowl measures 8.25″ (or until it looks like you’ll run out of yarn soon).
Work Rnd 1 again.
Next Rnd: purl around.
Rep these last 2 rnds 2 more times. Bind off loosely (or use something like Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy BO because you really don’t want this part to be too tight). Weave in ends. Block.
Sarah BarbourKnitting and crochet designer/teacher and stay-at-home mother to three lovely little girls. Recently relocated to Oregon from the Illinois and enjoying my new life as a West Coaster.
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