I’m super excited to bring this new pattern to you all! My current obsession with woven decor and wearables inspired me to make this beautiful cowl.
I found a unique slip stitch in a Russian knitting magazine that looked amazing and appeared to be woven but was actually just staggered slipped stitches….BUT, the stitch was only shown knitted flat. I knitted up a swatch and was bummed when I realized there was no practical way to make the stitch work for a piece worked in the round. I LOATHE seaming!!!
So, I sat down with my nifty charting software program and various different fibers and needle sizes. And FINALLY found a way to make the stitch pattern transition in a constant, shifting spiral. So, not only can you knit this in the round…but it also eliminates all Purling, which just happens to be another thing I loathe. Can you say “win-win” with me!
I knit this cowl in a soft alpaca to begin with but found that the gorgeous stitch got completely lost in the halo of the Alpaca fiber. So I tried a washable acrylic next, which also led to disappointment when I saw the twist in the yarn totally encroached on the stitch pattern. Fooey. So back to the drawing board. And then I found it. The PERFECT yarn for this stitch.
Knit Picks’ Comfy Worsted. A soft blend of Pima Cotton and Acrylic. It knits up into a luscious fabric that’s not only beautiful but easy-care. And the colorway…..ooooohhhh. Just the prettiest burst of bright poppy pink. Love. it.
The cowl features a sturdy I-Cord edging on both the cast on and bind off, creating a more polished look.
Now, unfortunately the issue with this stitch is that with slipped stitches every knitters tension is going to differ. So, I give instructions for a gauge swatch which needs to also be knit in the round. However, in order to do that you need to knit in Magic Loop OR on Dpn’s. Also, you may find that the size US #8 that I created the gauge in is either too large of a needle size or too small for your particular tension.
So, the only remedy for this situation is whipping out your full set of Interchangeable Knitting Needles….in super durable, glossy, slick and sexy Rosewood.
Wait…..you don’t already have a set??? No worries.
I’m giving away a set of Symfonie Rosewood Interchangeable Needles (Value: $100), along with 2 balls of Knit Picks Comfy (Value: $6) in “Rosehip” (pictured) to one lucky duck!
This is my go-to set of needles for even projects that are knitted flat. I use the 40″ cable for my Through the Woods Hood, instead of straight needles. And I also use it for my Magic Loop projects. The set comes with a 24″, a 40″ and 2-32″ cables and needles tips size US #4 through 11. Your stitches will dance right over the needles. The tips also feature lovely tapered points that are perfect for lacework and….slipped stitches. See how badly these needles want to come home with you?
To enter the Giveaway, simply leave a comment on your FAVORITE project of all time. You also gain bonus entries for reposting the Giveaway on your social media pages and by following me on mine (if you haven’t already). The Giveaway will end next Thursday, May 28th at midnight PST and the winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, May 29th. So be sure to subscribe to the blog so you’ll automatically hear if you’re the winner. (NOTE: If the winner does not respond via email within a week of announcement and notification, they will forfeit their prize and another winner will be randomly selected.) Until then, download your copy of “Desert Poppy” for FREE for a limited time. It’s still in the Beta stage so do drop me an email through the link or QR code in the pattern if you stumble upon any errata or have any questions.
I’ve also created a few helpful videos that cover some of the special techniques used in this pattern. They’re all linked to in the pattern but here’s a link to my Youtube channel, so you can check out ALL my videos and also subscribe to my channel.
Happy Knitting lovelies!
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