I love the texture on this cowl, it's so simple yet so effective. I just made it for the store, check out oout front window! I used 15mm-32" circular needles (but it's big, you can go longer) and 2 skeins of Cascade Magnum(I used every inch, see my notes on Ravelry).
Notes This is a quick, bulky weight sock that works up fast. I used a basic short row toe and heel, which I learned years ago from Wendy's Generic Toe Up Sock pattern. To make a child size cast on 12 sts and make 2 less W&T rows, to make a men’s size cast on 16 sts and make 2 more W&T rows. This pattern is written with the expectation your you are already familiar with working short-rows (W&T), Otherwise links to good tutorials are offered below in Techniques. we also offer classes in store at Knit-O-Matic.
St/s Stitch/esW&T Wrap and turn (see Short Rows in Techniques)
Directions Toe With scrap yarn and crochet hook provisionally cast on (see techniques above) 14 sts. R1: Purl. R2: Sl1, K until 1 st rem, W&T. R3: P until 1 st rem, W&T. R4: K until 2 sts rem, W&T. R5: P until 2 sts rem, W&T. R6: K until 3 sts rem, W&T. R7: P until 3 sts rem, W&T. R8: K until 4 sts rem, W&T. R9: P until 4 sts rem, W&T. R10: K until 4sts rem, pick up wrap & knit it with the stitch (see techniques above), W&T. R11: P until 4 sts rem, pick up wrap & purl it with the stitch (see techniques above), W&T. R12: K until 3 sts rem, pick up wraps & knit them with the stitch, W&T. R13: P until 3 sts rem, pick up wraps & purl them with the stitch, W&T. R14: K until 2 sts rem, pick up wraps & knit them with the stitch, W&T. R15: P until 2 sts rem, pick up wraps & purl them with the stitch, W&T. R16: K until 1 sts rem, pick up wraps & knit them with the stitch, turn, slip 1 st stitch. R17: P until 1sts rem, pick up wraps & purl them with the stitch, turn.
Next Round: Sl1, K to end of row. (If you are going to have a gap or hole where the 2 sides meet, pick up 1 stitch and decrease it out on the next round). One stitch at a time, remove the scrap yarn and pick up the provisional stitches. Knit these stitches. (Again, if you are going to have a gap or hole pick up 1 stitch and decrease it out on the next round). (28 sts)
Foot Knit in the round until piece measures 6” from toe (You can make them longer, but the superwash yarn seems to have a lot of stretch and may still fit longer feet).
Heel Slip 14 sts onto one needle, and 14 on another. You will be working on the second set of sts. Repeat rows 2 to 17.
Instep Redistribute sts on 4 needles R1: Sl1, knit to end of needle, PM, pick up & knit 2 sts in gap, K sts that were on hold, PM, pick up & knit 2 sts in gap, knit 7 sts. Place marker, this is now the beginning of the round. R2, 4: knit. R3, 5: K to 1st marker, SLM, k2tog, k to next marker, SLM, ssk, k to end. At end of R5, Leave 1 marker in the last st.
Leg Knit until piece measures 5” from stitch marker. Next 2 rounds: *K1, P1; rep from * to end of round. Cast off loosely in k1p1 rib. Weave in ends.
I'm making a prediction, I think the Pompom Toque is the new slouchy hat. Especially with cables! You may ask, how do you make those luscious, fluffy confections? Why with a Clover Pompom maker! See the end of this post for details.
I made this hat for the store a year or so ago, and it definitely qualifies as a quick gift! The hat fits large, so petite cranuims should start decreases after the second section of ribs. I love the 4 colour version by White Elephant!
Clover Easy Pompom Makers And how will you be crafting these luscious, perfect pompoms? Why with a set of Medium & Large size Clover Pompom makers ($9.97). The ingenious Clover tool design produces perfect pompoms every time. Quick and easy, too! Watch a video HERE to see how easy it is to use the Clover Pom-pom maker.
If you aren't already acquainted with Eucalan, it is an excellent, high quality, no-rinse delicate wash, perfect for sweaters, lingerie, and everything worn between the two. Eucalan recently added a new scent to their stellar line-up, Wrapture
by designer Kristin Omdahl, which is infused with the beneficial essential oil
of Night Bloom Jasmine.
Jasmine oil is a natural antiseptic
making it perfectly suited for your most delicate fibres. Like all
Eucalan scents, Wrapture contains a touch of lanolin to naturally
condition fibres and keep static to a minimum.
Wrap your delicates in the romantic and
intoxicating scent of Jasmine.
Small 100ml size (perfect for travelling and gifts): $4.97
Large 500ml size: $12.97
We also carry all the other Scents from Eucalan (unscented, eucalypus, lavender & grapefruit) in both the 100ml and 500ml sizes (prices same as above), and we also offer refills ($9.97/500ml). If you like, we can also special order for you a 4L jug ($69.97, not yet available in Wrapture) and a pump for it ($7.97).
We've got select colours of a bunch of Cascade Yarns on Sale right now, including 220 Superwash, 220 Superwash Sport, 220 Handpaint Superwash, and Greenland. All the sale yarn is in our Clearance Section at the front of the store, and is labelled with it's discounted price. Quantities are limited, and all is on display, so get it while it's around! Cascade 220 Superwash - $8 Cascade 220 Superwash is a staple around here, it's like flour milk & eggs - so basically it's pancakes. What can you make with it - anything. It is soft, nice and easy to work with, machine washable, and easy on the eyes. You can make hats, mitts, gloves, scarves, cowls, sweaters, blankets, pillows, boot socks, stuff for babies, stuff for men, dog coats, cat hats (I made that up, but then I checked to see if such a thing existed, and Spindles & Spices designs them). The only thing it won't do is felt. Bags of 6+ balls are further discounted too!
Cascade 220 Superwash Sport - $4.50 Cascade 220 Superwash Sport is a very soft, almost silky feeling machine washable merino wool. It makes lovely gloves, hats, mid-weight socks, scarves, and things for babies or men.
Cascade 220 Superwash Paints - $10 Cascade 220 Superwash Paints is the same great yarn as Cascade 220 Superwash, hand painted to super prettiness. It is soft, nice and easy to work with, machine washable, and easy on the eyes.
Cascade Greenland - $9 Cascade Greenland is soft, machine washable, and easy on the eyes. It is a tight twist like a traditional aran yarn, giving it longevity and resilience, but without all the itch. In addition to some pretty colours, we've also got lots of dark heathered grey left.