It's getting mighty chilly up here around the 40th Parallel of the earth's Northern Hemisphere, leading some (okay, me) to turn our crafting imaginations to scarves and visions in bulky-weight yarn. This Burberry-inspired cowl is warm enough to wear under a blazer or a jacket on a brisk autumn evening, and — layered over a scarf — it kept my neck and ears warm last night during Occupy Wall Street's very cold Brooklyn bridge march. Best of all, the pattern is available for free online, and it only takes a few hours to make. Here's how.
This is what I used to make one cowl: 1) My favorite knitting reference book, Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Knitting. This is the book I learned to knit with. There are two semi-unusual techniques in the Burberry-inspired cowl pattern — the temporary cast-on, and the final joining or "kitchener" stitch. I used the Encyclopedia of Knitting to refresh my memory of both. 2) Enough bulky weight yarn to complete your pattern (I used three 50g balls of Rossetti Merino/Silk/Polyamide blend that I got from Yarnology in Winona, Minnesota). 3) Size 10 needles (they don't have to be circular needles). 4) A cable needle. You will also need a blunt-pointed tapestry needle, straight pins, and an iron, not pictured. Click any photo to enlarge.
To get started, you'll need to use the provisional cast-on. For reference, here's the Encyclopedia of Knitting's diagram for that cast-on. Start by loosely knotting a second piece of yarn wide enough to cover the whole 58-stitch width of your cowl to the end of your working thread; this second piece of yarn is going to hold your stitches in place until you're ready to finish your work. I recommend using a piece of yarn in a contrasting color to make it easier to distinguish your working yarn from your temporary yarn. (I actually used a piece of silk ribbon left over from another project, the wrapped hair comb from last week.)
And again, that pattern is: Burberry Inspired Cowl Neck Scarf [The Garter Girl]
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