Saturday, January 03, 2009

Evangeline Cowl

Way back in November of "aught 8" I whipped up some Evangeline mitts to keep my hands warm in my temperature challenged library.

Evangeline cable

When I finished, D looked at them and said, "I love that cable - you should use it on a cowl" and followed it up with, "I would totally wear a cowl like that."
How could I resist a) the knitting flattery, b) the great idea, and c) a request for knitting that would provide the small project FO high .

So here it is, the first FO of "aught 9", the Evangeline Cowl:

Evangeline Cowl

Yarn: Dream in Color Classy "Cloud Jungle" - which happens to be the recommended yarn for the Evangeline Mitt pattern. I used less than half the skein, so with one skein you could potentially make both the cowl and the mitts!
Needles: US 7 (I used a 47" circular needle to magic loop - I divided 54 stitches [3 cable repeats] and 36 stitches [2 cable repeats]), you will also need a cable needle or spare DPN
Gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch in Stockinette

Evangeline Cowl - flat

Cast on 90 stitches, join in the round and purl one round.
Set up round: *p2, k6, p2, k6, p2* repeat 5 times around

Cable Pattern:
Round 1: *p2, k6, p2, k6, p2* repeat 5 times around

Rounds 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10 - Knit or Purl all stitches as them come (i.e. knit the knits and purl the purls)

Round 3: *p2, put 4 stitches on a spare DPN and hold to the back, k2, knit the 4 on the DPN, p2, put 2 stitches on a DPN and hold to the front, k4, k the 2 stitches from the DPN, p2* repeat 5 times around

Round 5: *p2, k4, put 2 stitches on a DPN and hold to the front, p1, k the 2 from the DPN, put 1 stitch on a DPN and hold to the back, k2, p the stitch from the DPN, k4, p2* repeat 5 times around

Round 7: *p2, k4, p1, put 2 stitches on a DPN and hold to the front, k2, k the 2 from the DPN, p1, k4, p2* repeat 5 times around

Round 9: *p2, k4, put 1 stitch on a DPN and hold to the back, k2, p the stitch on the DPN, put 2 stitches on a DPN and hold forward, p1, k the 2 stitches on the DPN, k4, p2* repeat 5 times around

After the "set up round" knit the cable pattern (rounds 1-10) a total of four times.

Finish by knitting rounds 1-4 of the cable pattern, repeat round 4, and bind off in purl. Weave in the ends and block.

Evangeline Cowl - first FO of '09

This cowl is made to be fitted. Since I like to be able to tuck my chin in my cowls, if I were to make one for myself, I would probably CO 108 stitches and do 6 cable repeats around. Maybe one pattern repeat taller as well. Mods are what it's all about, right?

There was one more little FO of "aught 8".

I was going through my sock yarn bin last week, and the Bud saw this:

Peach Pit

He was totally taken with the colors and kept saying, "yep, those are the colors I like."

So just as '08 was on it's way out, I whipped up a quick pair of Budlet socks [Ravelry].

3 year old feet are hard to shoot

The last pair of socks I made for him I tried out a short row heel for the first time. This time I tried an afterthought heel. Where I would normally break for the heel, I knit a piece of waste yarn across half of the stitches. Then I put those waste yarn stitches back on the needle and continued around like normal. After finishing the toe, I picked out the waste yarn and knit a round heel (like a round toe).

Budlet Sock

I really enjoyed knitting the heel this way, but I will probably knit a deeper heel for his chunky lil' feet next time.

Budlet Socks 2

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Blogger Nikki said...

What a great cowl!! I think that may be the one I make...

January 03, 2009 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmm, that cowl looks both cozy and classy. Into my queue it goes! Thanks very much for the pattern.

January 03, 2009 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooooh, this cowl is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the pattern.

January 03, 2009 7:43 PM  
Blogger magnusmog said...

happy new year and happy new cowl !

January 05, 2009 1:48 PM  
Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Awesome cowl per your usual norm:)

I feel like I have that very color way of yarn, is it Cherry Tree Hill?

January 09, 2009 9:36 AM  
Blogger Jeri said...

I like an afterthought heel better with a smidge of "gusset" (maybe 4 stitches for budlet sized socks, I use 8 to 10 for full grown socks) and with the heel done over 60% of the stitches. Fits better to me (and sil and sis and dd and others who get gift socks like it fine). Let me know if you like it.
-- patternwhisperer on rav

January 18, 2009 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cowl: (1) a hooded garment worn by monks. (2) the hood of this garment. (3) part of a garment that is draped to resemble a cowl or a hood. You do not have a cowl. You have a neck brace.

February 25, 2009 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cowl: [1]a) The hood or hooded robe worn especially by a monk. b) on a woman's garment, the neckline or neck piece, often is unattached and used in substitute of a scarf.

Don't be an ass.

The cowl is beautiful and looks wonderfully warm.

February 25, 2009 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that the person who said it's not a cowl but a neck brace is being an ass. Not to mention showing his/her lack of knowledge about the various types of cowls.

December 26, 2009 2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you also kindly share with us the mittens pattern please to match the cowl? We will all appreciate it! Thank you very much!

March 15, 2014 7:20 AM  

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