Slubby cowl with a twist

As promised this is the really easy pattern that I used to knit up the lovely slubby wool I span last Sunday.

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Ingredients:

6 mm knitting needles

Slubby/ thick and thin/ art wool of a fluffy nature

Large blunt needle

Stitches used:

Knit

Purl

You also need to know how to graft if you want a seamless edge. Alternatively you could cast off at the end and simply sew the two sides together.

Recipe:

To begin, cast on 25 stitches using 6mm needles.

Continue in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl next), until work measures about 60cm. (I told you this pattern was simple!)

Now for the twist.. Return to the cast on edge and pick up 25 stitches so that your needle ends up facing the opposite direction to the one you were just knitting with….. make any sense?

Basically you should have one edge of knitting with the knitting needle pointing up and the other edge with the knitting needle pointing down.

The reason for this is that now you are going to turn one needle over so they are both facing the same way, and bring the two edges together. You should have a right side and a wrong side together and a twist in the cowl….. still with me….

Ok so now we can graft the two sides together. Cut the live piece of wool leaving a really long tail, we are going to use this tail to sew up the edges so it needs to be a bit. Thread the tail onto your blunt needle and continue to graft like so..

Holding the two needles parallel insert the blunt needle purlwise into first stitch on front needle, then knitwise into first stitch on back needle.

Then:

  1. insert needle knitwise into first stitch on front needle and slip stitch off, then insert needle purlwise into next stitch on front needle and leave stitch on knitting needle.
  2. insert needle purlwise into first stitch on back needle and slip stitch off, then insert needle knitwise into next stitch on back needle and leave stitch on knitting needle.

Continue like this till all the stitches have been grafted, then weave in the ends and there we have it.

Enjoy

xxXXxx

Please feel free to recreate these as gifts or for selling, but please credit Emily O’Reilly Textiles with the design xxx

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