Thursday, November 29, 2012

Magnum Paints Uber Cowl


Magnum is a fabulous yarn for instant gratification knitting.  It is a glorious 250 gram hank with 123 yards of Peruvian Highland Wool that knits up very quickly on larger needles (US 15 - 19).  Now it even comes in Hand Paints!

I have been waiting (rather impatiently) for the Paints to come in so I could actually see them knit up - and I am not disappointed.  It probably helps that I love reds and burgundy and that was the colorway (Red Mix) I got to play with.  I've knit a hat and a scarf in Magnum but had yet to make a cowl and thought it would be a great way to show off the colors!
This works up long enough so you could wear it 3 ways - like a long cowl, double around your neck, or down on your shoulders.  I also came up with some variations where you could do 2 smaller cowls out of 1 skein or a narrower but longer cowl.  This ends up approximately 40" circumference (about 1.75 sts = 1" in pattern) x 10" long
Materials:

  • 1 skein Magnum Paints (shown in 9729)
  • US 15 circular needle (I would recommend US 17 if you are a tight knitter or you would like it to be a little more open)
  • Stitch marker





Abbreviations:
  • K - Knit
  • YO - Yarn Over
  • Sl 1 - Slip 1
  • PSSO - Pass Slipped Stitch Over
  • K2Tog - Knit 2 Together

Pattern:
Loosely cast on 70 stitches
Join in round, careful not to twist.
Place marker.

Begin pattern:
Row 1 - [K2Tog, YO, K1, YO, Sl1, K1, PSSO]
Row 2 - K

Continue until reach desired length.  Bind off loosely. Weave in ends.

Variations:
  • For smaller cowl - CO 35 stitches (approx 20")
  • For super long - cast on 105 stitches (approx 60" circ)

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