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Continuous Crystals Cowl

Continuous Crystals Cowl

This simple cowl is knitted in the round using only knit and purl stitches. The textured, repeating diamond pattern is reversible with the front side of the cowl looking nearly identical to the back. This cowl is designed to be looped around the neck twice, for a warm cozy fit.

Abbreviations

  • CO: Cast-on
  • k: knit
  • p: purl
  • sts: stitches
  • pm: place marker

Size and gauge

  • Size: Adult medium (finished circumference = 46”, finished height = 7”)
  • Gauge: 8” = 3 pattern repeats (~40 sts, horizontal direction) and 5” = 3 pattern repeats (~50 rounds, vertical direction) after blocking

Materials

  • Needles: US 6 (4.00 mm) 24” circular needles
  • Yarn: 4 skeins (420 yds) of Sugar Bush Bliss (or another sport weight yarn)

**Note: Although Sugar Bush Bliss is oh so soft and squishy, some knitters found that the pattern didn’t stand out very well with this yarn. I might suggest using a 100% wool sport  weight yarn that has better stitch definition, like Quince and Co Chickadee. Also, you will use almost every bit of the 420 yds so make sure you have enough!

  • Notions: Tapestry needle for weaving in ends; stitch markers

The Pattern

 

Garter stitch edge:

  • CO 252, leaving at least a 6” tail
  • Row 1-3: k across
  • Row 4: k14, *pm, k14*   * repeat until end of round (16 more times)
  • Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. Pm to indicate beginning of round. 

The CO stitches are not joined in the round until the garter stitch edge is completed. This makes it easier to see that stitches are not being twisted when joining in the round. The 6” tail left when casting on will be used to seam this small portion of garter stitch edging that is worked flat.

Crystal Pattern:

The crystal pattern is provided in written instructions and as a chart. It is a simple pattern that is repeated in the round 18 times across (horizontally) and 4 times vertically.

Note: repeat stitches in between the stars * * until end of round (17 more times)

Round 1: *p1, k1 p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k1, p1*

Round 2: * k1, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k1*

Round 3: * p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2*

Round 4: * p1, k2, p2, k4, p2, k2, p1*

Round 5: * k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2*

Round 6: * k1, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k1*

Round 7: * p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2 *

Round 8: * p1, k2, p2, k4, p2, k2, p1 *

Round 9: * p1, k2, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2, k2, p1 *

Round 10: * p1, k2, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2, k2, p1 *

Round 11: * p1, k2, p2, k4, p2, k2, p1 *

Round 12: * p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2*

Round 13: * k1, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k1*

Round 14: * k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2*

Round 15 * p1, k2, p2, k4, p2, k2, p1*

Round 16: *p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2*

Round 17: * k1, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k1*

Repeat rounds 1-17 three more times for a total of four pattern repeats in the vertical direction. After the fourth vertical pattern repeat (ending on Round 17), repeat Round 1.

 

Chart and repeating pattern diagram:

Garter stitch edge

After pattern repeats are complete, finish with a garter stitch edge:

Round 1: k across

Round 2: p across

Round 3: k across

Round 4: p across

Bind off loosely (or use a stretchy bind off method)

**Note: It is very important to bind off loosely or to use a stretchy BO

 

Finishing

Seam first garter stitch edge: Using the tail from CO, seam the short section of garter stitch edging that was worked flat.

 

Weave in ends and block.

 

 

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