11 January, 09:52

Handbrake

GAUGE
18 stitches and 30 rows to 4 inches, knit in
the pattern section.
FINISHED SIZE
14 inches wide and 8 inches deep
NOTIONS
4.5mm (US size 7) 24 inch circular needle
One stitch marker
MATERIALS
1 skein of worsted weight yarn, approx. 200
yards
Brown cowl knit using hand spun by Fondant
Fibre. Approximately 180 yards.
Grey cowl knit using 1 skein of Madelinetosh
Vintage in ‘Farmhouse White’. 200 yards.
ABBREVIATIONS
k - knit
p - purl
Its that simple !
Cast on
Using the long tail cast on method, cast on 120
stitches. Place a stitch marker and then join for
knitting in the round, taking care not to twist the
work.
If you would like to knit a longer cowl so you can
wrap it around your neck twice, then I suggest
you cast on 220 stitches. Please be aware that
you will need 2 skeins if you knit this larger size.
You will need to use a 32 inch circular needle if
you knit this larger version.
Border
Round 1 - knit all stitches
Round 2 - purl all stitches
Repeat these two rounds 4 more times, you will
now have 5 garter ridges.
Knit one more round.
Pattern set up
Round 1 - K4, P1 around
Round 2 - Knit all stitches
Round 3 - P1, (K4, P1) to last 4 stitches, K4
Round 4 - Knit all stitches
Round 5 - K1, P1, (K4, P1) to last 3 stitches, K3
Round 6 - Knit all stitches
Round 7 - K2, P1, (K4, P1) to last 2 stitches, K2
Round 8 - Knit all stitches
Round 9 - K3, P1, (K4, P1) to last stitch, K1
Round 10 - Knit all stitches
Repeat these 10 rows until your work measures
approx. 7 inches. You can end on any of the
pattern rows, but ensure your last round is a knit
round.
Please note - where you see stitches within
brackets e.g.. (K4, P1) you should repeat these
until you reach the number of remaining stitches
stated.
Top Border
Round 1 - Knit all stitches
Round 2 - Purl all stitches
Repeat these two rounds 4 more times. You will
have 5 garter ridges to match the border at the
bottom.
Knit one more round.
Bind Off

Knit 2 stitches together through the back loop and
then place that decreased stitch back on the left
hand needle. Repeat this process to the end of
the round. You can of course use whatever
stretchy bind off you prefer.
Weave in your yarn ends, wash and block your
lovely finished cowl and you are done !
. CASTING ON

. KNIT STITCH

. PURL STITCH

. PATTERN START

. BIND OFF

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SCARF VERSION
If you prefer, you can knit a scarf in the same pattern.
Cast on 51 stitches, using the long tail cast on method.
Knit 11 rows then begin the pattern as follows:-
Row 1 - K3, (K4, P1) 9 times, K3
Row 2 - (and every even numbered row) - K3, purl to last 3 stitches, K3
Row 3 - K3, P1, (K4, P1) 8 times, K7
Row 5 - K4, P1, (K4, P1) 8 times, K6
Row 7 - K5, P1, (K4, P1) 8 times, K5
Row 9 - K6, P1, (K4, P1) 8 times, K4
Repeat these 10 rows until you reach your desired length. You can stop at any point in the
pattern, but ensure you end on a wrong side row.
Knit 11 rows and then bind off all stitches.
The amount of yarn you need will depend on the length of scarf you prefer, but I would suggest 2
skeins of a worsted weight yarn - approx. 400 yards total.