Thursday, June 21, 2012

Highland Duo - Cell Stitch Cowl

What's not to love about Baby Alpaca and Merino Wool?  It is soft, squishy, warm and feels so lovely when you work with it.  Adding Merino Wool to Baby Alpaca gives it memory and stability.  So, another new yarn - Highland Duo - 70% Baby Alpaca/30% Merino Wool - 197 yards of squishy softness per skein.  This combination is perfect for a cowl, but I wanted something a little open that offered breathability and insulation.


Part way through this cowl (after discovering a glaring error), I had to rip out at least 6 rows.  Fortunately, the yarn, the cowl, and I survived the frogging and I was able to finish the cowl.  One skein makes a cowl approximately 9.5" long by 15.5" wide (about 31" circumference).
So here is the pattern:
1 skein Highland Duo - shown in 2305
US 9 - 16-24" circular needles

Abbreviations
K - Knit
YO - Yarn Over
Sl1 - Slip 1
K2Tog - Knit 2 together
PSSO - pass slipped stitch over

Cast on 101 stitches.  Join in the round, careful not to twist.  Place marker to mark beginning of round.
Row 1 - K1, *[YO, K2Tog] - repeat from *
Row 2 - K

Begin pattern
Row 1 - K1, *[YO, Sl1, K2Tog, PSSO, YO, K1] - repeat from *
Row 2 - K
Row 3 - K2Tog, YO, K1, *[YO, Sl1, K2Tog, PSSO, YO, K1] - repeat from * until last 2 stitches, YO, Sl1, K1, PSSO.
Row 4 - K
Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length.

Then K1, *[YO, K2Tog] - repeat from *
Bind off.
Weave in ends.

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