Everyone is crabby, because all they can see is snow, snow, snow and more snow. More is falling as I speak. When I was a kid, up in northern Maine, this kind of winter was typical. For the past number of years we haven't had a winter with all this snow, and it is hard to go back to it now. It's hard to drive in, it's cold, and it's boring. I hear on Facebook that kids are out of school and driving their parents crazy, and business owners complain that no one is out shopping because they're all holed up at home. That is true.
Yarn shops that are lucky enough to be in a town with a sidewalk to their door are doing some walk-in business, and you can always order yarn in if you need to. I ordered a skein of Ontheround's Merino Wool Aran Weight when it was on sale a while ago, and over the fall I hugged it and petted it. It's so soft and squishy and lovable. The colors are a blend of green and yellow and white and blue and gray, beautifully dyed, and over this winter it has seemed like a touch of Spring. However, I needed something warm, so I invented a cowl that sits around my neck and shoulders, keeping me warm, and looking pretty.
I'm giving the pattern to you:
Stranded Cowl by Beth Collins
Ontheround Merino Worsted
Size US10.5/6.5mm 16” circular needle
15.5 sts and 22 rnds = 10 x 10 cm/4” x 4”
Finished measurements: 7" high by 28" around
Cast on 112 stitches (I like it loose; use 100 stitches if you want it tighter. Pattern is a multiple of 4.) Join, being careful not to twist the stitches.
(Knit a round, purl a round) twice. Begin Woven Stitch pattern:
Round 1:•K2, yf, sl2, yb; rep from • to end.
Round 2: Knit.
Round 3: •Yf,sl2,yb, k2; rep from • to end.
Round 4: Knit.
Repeat these 4 rounds for pattern. Work in pattern for 7” or desired height. (Knit a round, purl a round) twice. Bind off loosely and weave in ends.
k = knit
p = purl
yf = yarn to front
yb = yarn to back
sl = slip
(Pattern Stitch “Double Woven Stitch I” adapted from the Harmony Guides Knit & Purl, edited by Erika Knight, p. 76)
The center picture above shows that I had only a little yarn leftover, so if you want a higher cowl, you may want another skein.
I may have to knit another cowl with Ontheround's new DK weight yarn. She certainly makes wonderful yarn!
I found that stranding the yarn across two stitches was a good way to show off the yarn; hand dyed yarn can be gorgeous in the skein, but sometimes it is disappointing knit up. Stranding really showed the beautiful colors as well as the thick-and-thin quality of the yarn. I love that.
In other news, my Aran sweater is done. I took some pictures of it before it was whisked away upstairs to be worn today. It fits perfectly :)