Thursday, November 3, 2011

On the Needles - Cloud

Fair Isle Cowl

So, I had lots of time in a car last week as I traveled around Eastern Pennsylvania with our rep Erlinda (whom has become quite a good knitter) and I had 2 balls of Cloud with me.  I hadn't found the time to be able to play with this lovely yarn very much besides a swatch up to last week.  It is a squishy blend of 70% merino wool and 30% baby alpaca in a crocheted tubular construction.  The yarn has an amazing amount of bounce and energy as does its undyed sibling - Eco Cloud.
So here is the result...

And here is the pattern:

Designed by Shannon Dunbabin
A sqishy-soft, warm cowl.
Size:  Approximately 21” circumference and 8.75” long
Gauge:   4 ½ stitches = 1” on US 10
Cloud –( 70% Merino Wool /30% Baby Alpaca; 164 yds/100 g) – 1 skein each of 2 contrasting colors (shown in MC 2122 and CC 2123)
US 10 – 16” -20” circular needle
1 stitch marker

K – Knit
P – Purl
K2P2 – Knit 2, Purl 2
MC – Main Color
CC – Contrasting Color

With MC, cast on 100 stitches.  Join to in round (be careful not to twist); Place marker.
[K2, P2] for 1” (6 rounds)
K 1 round

Work Pattern A (3 rows by 4 stitches)
K 2 rounds of MC

Work Pattern B (7 rows by 4 stitches)
K 2 rounds of MC

Work Pattern C (9 rows by 10 stitches)
K 2 rounds of MC

Work Pattern B
K 2 rounds of MC
Work Pattern A
K 1 round of MC
[K2, P2] for 1” (6 rows)
Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends.
And yes - that is one of my son's stuffed animals I used...