Earlier this week I showed you how to make a striped earwarmer and I have three more coordinating patterns to share - a cowl, fingerless mitts and socks. Although none of the projects are difficult, I recommend working them from head to toe, because each pattern introduces skills you will use in the following projects.
Many thanks to Clover for providing me with a Standing Oval Knitting Loom. Also, if you would like an opportunity to win all the materials needed to complete all four patterns, don't miss this month's giveaway, going on through January 23, 2017, sponsored by Clover.
Loom Knit Cowl Pattern
- Clover Standing Oval Loom
- 1 skein (7 oz/198 g, 370 yds/338 m) of Red Heart With Love Yarn in White
- 1 skein (7 oz/198 g, 370 yds/338 m) of Red Heart With Love Yarn in Bubble Gum
- tape measure
DirectionsIf you liked the earwarmer pattern you are going to love the matching cowl because it is worked almost identically except instead of using single strands of Bubble Gum and White Yarn, you will use double strands.
Split each skein of yarn into two balls that are approximately the same size. The loom comes with a straw that you can cut in half and use to hold the two strands of pink and two strands of white yarn together as you work.
Row 3: With Bubble Gum, knit around all of the pegs.
Row 4: With White, [skip one peg by bringing the working yarn behind the peg, knit on the next 3 pegs], repeated the bracketed section around the loom.
|Repeat Row 3 and 4. As you continue repeating Row 3 and 4 the work kind of looks like a spider web.|
Now, you need to figure out how many rows long your cowl should be. The quick and easy method for calculating this is to make the cowl the exact same number of rows that you made your earwarmer. My earwarmer was 126 rows long so I made my cowl 126 rows long. Since you are using double strands of yarn, the cowl will be a little bit bigger than your earwarmer.
If you prefer to do the math, there are three easy math equations to make sure your cowl fits perfectly. Continue working Row 3 and 4 until the piece is about 12 inches long.
First, measure your head circumference with a tape measure. My head circumference was 21 1/2 inches.
Next you need to figure out your stitch gauge. You can do this one of two ways.
Either count how many "V" shaped stitches are in one inch (for my example it looked like there were about are 5 3/4 stitches in an inch) or count how many "V" shaped stitches there are in four inches, for my example it was 23.
It's good to do both row counts so you can double check yourself.
Then, you need to calculate the Gauge, or how many rows are in 1 inch. When I counted, I estimated 5 3/4 rows in one inch and counted 23 rows in 4 inches. Let's make sure my estimate is right.
Gauge = Number of rows ÷ length
Example: Gauge = 23 rows ÷ 4 inches = 5 3/4 rows (Whew, I got it right!)
Next you need to decide how long your cowl needs to be. The finished cowl should be about an inch larger than your head circumference.
Cowl Length = Head Circumference + 1
Example: Cowl Length = 21 1/2 + 1 = 22 1/2 inches
Finally, you need to figure out how many rows long to make your cowl.
Number of Rows = Cowl Length x Gauge
Example: Number of Rows = 22 1/2 inches x 5 3/4 rows/inch = 129 3/8
Of course you can't really knit 3/8 of a row, so round to the nearest even number, in this case 130 rows.
As I said before, I cheated on the math and just made my cowl 126 rows long like my ear warmer.
Continue working Row 3 and 4 until your cowl is the correct number of rows long. Make sure you end after a White row.
Cut the White yarn 6-8 inches long. Cut the Bubble Gum yarn so it is about 120 inches or 10 feet long. You will use this yarn both to bind off your work and to graft the two ends together.
Follow the directions provided with the loom for a “Sewn Bind Off”.
To make sure that your cowl is not overly bulky where it is grafted together, I highly recommend following the loom instructions for “Tightening and Finishing Edges”.
|After both the cast on and bound off edges are tightened, knot the white yarn around the Bubble Gum on each end of the cowl.|
To finish things up, you need to graft the ends of the cowl together. When grafting, you're going to focus on the stitches that make a "V" that points towards the seam. You will be working mainly in the rows of White stitches closest to the cast on and bound off edges.
Place your darning needle on the same strands of yarn that were used to bind off. All the other loose yarn strands can be trimmed to 6-8 inches and tucked inside the ends of the cowl.
Fold the cowl in half so the cast on and bound off edges are close to each other.
Continue grafting around the edges of the cowl working one stitch on the bound off edge followed by one on the cast on edge.
On the cast on edge, you will always be sliding the needle under stitches where both strands are the same color (White except for the raised Bubble Gum stitches).
Trim the grafting yarn to 6-8 inches and with the darning needle pull it into the center of the cowl to conceal the yarn.
Now you have warm ears, a warm neck and we are halfway through our cozy loom knitting patterns. Next up, fingerless gloves.