Cowl & Scarf Patterns

Having finished the Beachcomber Wristwarmers, I just knew I needed a cowl that would match them.  
Working in 2 row stripes of Campagne and Ranco Multi...
I cast on 140 sts on 3.75 mm 40 cm bamboo circular needle using Yarn A...  Joined into the round and worked 3 rounds in garter stitch starting with a purl round.
Round 1 (Yarn B):  (p1, m1, k3, p2, p3tog, p2, k3, m1) 10 times
Round 2 :  (p1, k4, p5, k4) 10 times
Round 3 (Yarn A):  (p1, m1, k4, p1, p3tog, p1, k4, m1) 10 times
Round 4 : (p1, k5, p3, k5) 10 times
Round 5 (Yarn B): (p1, m1, k5, p3tog, k5, m1) 10 times
Round 6 : (p1, k6, p1, k6) 10 times

Repeat these 6 rows 7 times more, keeping correct stripes (8 repeats in total).

Then work 3 rounds in garter stitch and cast off reasonably loosely.

Using Dream in Color  Smooshy Sock Yarn in colourway Wisteria...  I decided that I'd really like a cowl that matched my Cable Treat hat.

I used Clover bamboo 4mm 40cm circular knitting needles and cast on 120 stitches.  Joining into the round taking care not to twist the stitches, I knit in k1, p1 rib for 8 rounds.

The cable design is worked over 6 rounds (k2, p2, C4B, p2 on the cable round).  I worked 5 full repeats of the cable pattern, then from the beginning of the 3rd row of the next repeat I increased one stitch in each of the pearl sections (k2, p1, m1, p1, k4, p1, m1, p1)...  then finished the cable repeat keeping to the pattern.

In the next repeat at round 5 increase twice in each purl section (p1, m1, p1, m1, p1) then complete the pattern repeat.

Next round start the k1, p1 rib, when I reached the k2 and k4 sections of the cable pattern, I made
1 stitch in the centre of each of these sections while keeping the k1, p1 rib correct.  Then I knit another 7 rounds of rib before casting off loosely.

This is a very comfortable cowl to wear that fits well and flares prettily at my neckline.  I've had lots of compliments when I wear this set.  Now I really want to knit matching fingerless mittens to go with this lovely set and amazingly there might just be enough of the smooshy sock yarn to knit a pair (hopefully).

I have been having so much fun thinking about colour.  
While browsing through my stash I came across two gorgeous Noro yarns a ball of Kureyon Sock Yarn in shade 150 and a ball of Silk Garden Sock Yarn in shade 267.   The colours looked gorgeous together with a subtle movement in tones because of the long colour repeats.
photographed draped on rocks at Crawfordsburn Beach, Co Down, Northern Ireland

I wanted a long narrow scarf that could be wound around my neck a couple of times...
photographed at the Giant's Causeway, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

I used 4.5mm bamboo dpn's and cast on 37 sts...  I worked in 1x1 rib, slipping the first and last stitch (purlwise) on the second row of every stripe.  During knitting the scarf measured approx. 12.5cm/5" wide but once worn and a little stretched it measures 11.5cm/4 1/2" wide.  I worked in two row stripes using the my Noro yarns until the scarf measured 240cm/94" in length.

photographed at the Giant's Causeway, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

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