Knitting & Crochet

Honey Stitch Cowl Pattern

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Knitting & Crochet

Honey Stitch Cowl Pattern

Materials:

•    4 balls (100 g/83 m each) KPC Yarns Novomerino Chunky in Wicker
•    Set of 7 mm needles (or size needed to obtain tension)
•    1 double-pointed needle (DPN)
•    2 stitch markers
•    Scrap yarn
•    Crochet hook
•    Tapestry needle

Tension:

6 sts = 2.5 cm/1 inch in twisted rib stitch using 7 mm needles.

To save time, take time to check tensions.

Pattern Notes:
Twisted rib stitch (worked over an even number of stitches):
Row 1 and Row 2: *K1 tbl, p1 tbl* repeat to end of row.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

Casting on: The Honey Stitch Cowl is cast on using the provisional cast on, which leaves the cast-on stitches "live." Because they're "live" and not closed off as with a regular cast on, we can later pick them up and seam them together with the stitches on the needle. There are several ways to work the provisional cast on. My favourite method involves using a crochet hook and a scrap piece of yarn to make a crochet chain. The cast on stitches are then knitted directly onto the crochet chain, which acts as a holder for the cast on stitches. Once you've finished your cowl you can unravel the crochet chain, which reveals the "live" cast on stitches. These are then picked up on a needle and seamed together with the other stitches on your needle using the three-needle bind off.

Three-needle Bind Off: This bind off joins two sets of "live" stitches together in a neat, secure seam. As the name suggests, it requires three needles: one needle holds the cast on stitches, the other holds the stitches at the end of the cowl, and the third needle is used to knit the stitches on both needles in order to bind them off into a seam.

•    With the two needles clapped together and the right sides of the cowl facing each other, insert the third needle into the first stitch on the needle closest to you as if to knit. Insert the third needle into the first stitch on the needle in the back. There are now two stitches on the third needle. Bring the working yarn around the third needle as if to knit and bring the yarn through both stitches on both needles. * There is now one stitch on the third needle. 

Repeat the instructions between * and * until you have two stitches on the needle. Then, using your fingers or one of the needles holding the stitches, bring the first stitch on the third needle over the second stitch. One stitch has been bound off. 

Continue to knit one stitch through two stitches on your needles and bind off on the third needle until you have one stitch left on your third needle. Cut the yarn and weave through the last stitch. Notice that you have created a nice, sturdy seam that joins your cast on stitches with the last stitches on your cowl.

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Finished Measurements:
Width: 18 cm/7 inches
Circumference: 129 cm/50.7 inches

Abbreviations:
k = knit
k1 tbl = knit 1 through the back loop
p1 tbl = purl 1 through the back loop
sl = slip
sm = slip marker
st(s) = stitch(es)
* * = Repeat instructions between * and * the number of times indicated

Directions:
Using provisional cast on, cast on 40 sts.

Count 12 sts from beginning of row and place marker. Count 16 sts from first marker and place second marker.

Row 1 (wrong side): Sl1 purlwise, *k1 tbl, p1 tbl* repeat until you reach 1 st before the first marker, k1 tbl, sm.
Purl across sts to second marker, sm.
*K1 tbl, p1 tbl* repeat to end of row.

Row 2 (right side): Sl1 knitwise, *p1 tbl, k1 tbl* repeat until you reach 1 st before the first marker, p1 tbl, sm.
*Slip 1 st to DPN and hold in back, k1, k the st from the DPN. Slip next st to DPN and hold in front, k1, k the st from DPN* repeat until you reach the second marker, sm.
 *P1 tbl, k1 tbl* repeat to end of row.

Row 3 (wrong side): repeat Row 1.

Row 4: (right side): Sl1, *p1 tbl, k1 tbl* repeat until you reach 1 st before the first marker, p1 tbl, sm.
*Slip 1 st to DPN and hold in front, k1, k the st from DPN. Slip next st to DPN and hold in back, k1, k the st from DPN* repeat until you reach the second marker, sm.
*P1 tbl, k1 tbl* repeat to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1 to 4 until cowl reaches 128 cm/50.3 inches or desired circumference.

Finishing
Transfer 40 cast-on sts from scrap yarn onto tapestry needle. With right sides facing together, bind off using the three-needle bind off.

Weave in all loose ends and enjoy!

Note about yarns: Unfortunately, KPC Yarn is only available online. It's stocked in a retail store in Hong Kong. However, there are a number of other yarn options for Canadians; look for a chunky weight yarn.  Berroco Vintage Chunky and Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky are very similar to the KPC chunky in gauge. Alternatively, consult your local yarn store.

Davina Choy reluctantly picked up knitting at 14, under the instruction of a family friend. Learn how an afternoon of knitting turned into a lifelong passion for Choy.

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