Squidge Cowl- A free how to/pattern
The other evening I finally got to the end of a scarf I was knitting (Scarves. The downside is the long dull straightness. The upside is only a couple of ends to weave in) and found myself at a bit of a loose end. I’d sent off the proposals for a subs call a couple of days before, was too tired to swatch a bit of colourwork I wanted to play with and was waiting on a new circular needle to arrive in the post to cast on my next, more involved, project. Empty needles? It just wouldn’t do.
I decided that something quick and easy was required and it doesn’t get much quicker than superchunky yarn on 12mm needles. I had some Erika Knight Maxi Wool leftover from my recent sweater design for Crafty magazine. The colour is the lovely olive-y green called ‘Artisan’ and I reckoned I’d have just enough to make a little snood for my little yarnista- who is not only more than willing to wear hand-knits (unlike her brother) but feels the cold just like her mummy.
It was honestly about an hour later when I cast off this squidgy, cosy little number. I didn’t block it as I liked the way the stocking stitch/reverse stocking stitch stripes had a bit of ‘sproing’ to them ( it’s similar to my Coniston Sweater, but in that case you do want to block the ‘sproing’ out).
Here’s a rough and ready how to for a cowl that will comfortably warm the neck of anyone of toddler age upwards.
You’ll need 40m-ish of super chunky yarn. I used 12mm circular needles, working at a gauge of 8st and 12 rows to 10cm/4″.
Cast on 32 stitches, join for working in the round and place marker for the start of the round.
Work 4 rounds knit, then 4 rounds purl. Repeat these 8 rounds twice more.
Knit a further 4 rounds. Cast off using a stretchy bind off- this is quite necessary or you may not get it over the intended head.
That’s it! You could easily add more stitches to make a larger size (this one comes out with a circumference of 40cm/16″) or more repeats of the four row stripes to make it deeper. The wearer also insisted that we show in our pictures how it can also be worn as a jumbo headband…
Details on Ravelry (should you want to link a project) are here. Happy Knitting!