Last week, we showed you the bare-bones basics of knitting. Today, we’re continuing our knitting craze with a beautiful and simple cowl created by writer/crafter Danielle Henderson. In addition to answering some questions about her crafting life, Danielle was kind enough to contribute this lovely project, a perfect piece of neckwear for a chilly day like today. — Max
As a busy graduate student, I am constantly looking for ways to decompress. My blog, Feminist Ryan Gosling, has been a great outlet for me over the past year, but I still find myself falling back on crafty habits to feel truly at ease. I taught myself how to knit almost 20 years ago, and I always look forward to spending the colder months bundled up with a lap full of yarn.
I live in Wisconsin, a state that is freezing cold at least four months out of the year. As a result, I believe you can never have too many scarves or cowls. They’re great for wrapping around your face and can be a bonus as you try to remind yourself why you moved to such a frigid region in the first place. When my schedule is full, I appreciate quick projects with bold results. The contrast of neutral and neon gives this cowl a bright pop of color when the sun often refuses to do the same. — Danielle
Full directions after the jump . . .
- Plymouth Yarn DeAire in Cape May (primary) and Borealis (secondary) 100% Merino wool, 100g/109yds
- size 15 32” circular needle*
- yarn needle
- quilter’s pins for blocking (optional)
Gauge: 2.25 sts = 1” on US 15
*You can knit this project using straight needles, but you will need the circular needle when you do the edging.
Using primary color, CO 25 stitches.
Row 1: P5, K15, P5
Row 2: K5, P15, K5
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the piece measures 56 inches. Bind off, leaving a 10-inch tail.
Row 1: Using secondary color, pick up stitches along each long edge.
Row 2: Bind off using purl stitch. Leave a 4- to 5-inch tail at the end of each edge.
Block your piece. Using your primary-color 10-inch tail, sew a seam connecting the edges. Repeat for secondary color. Weave in any loose ends.