Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Cerridwen Cowl - a free pattern

Last Thursday night at knit night, at the coffee shop where I knit with friends,  a  beautiful woman approached the group and asked  us lots of questions about our knitting.  We are a friendly bunch and invited  her to learn to knit with us - she resisted (for now) and said she would like a big  royal blue bulky infinity scarf.  Thank you Paula for the inspiration.
Cerridwen is the Celtic Goddess of Inspiration.  Cerridwen Cowl is the result of my conversation with Paula in the coffee shop.  This  cowl, while not difficult to knit, is the first pattern I have ever written up.  I hope my instructions are clear! What I need now are some test knitters.   I am going to offer it free here, and on Ravelry.

Cerridwen Cowl - free knitting pattern by Feather
Cerridwen Cowl - original  knitting pattern by Feather

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Cerridwen Cowl

Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
This simple cowl is made up of 4 rows of garter stitch followed by 2 rows of 1x1 rib stitch. The resulting fabric is almost identical  on both sides, and  the sides do not curl in.  The loose gauge makes a soft and squishy and very warm knit.



Cerridwen Cowl at Ravelry







Skill Level:   advanced beginner

Finished Measurements:   28 cm (11 in) across  and  128 cm (50 in) around,  unblocked

Yarn:   Cascade 128 Superwash 100% Merino , or any  Bulky 12 ply yarn      2 hanks,  approx 234 metres or 256 yards

Needle:  10mm Size 15 needles - to obtain a very loose fabric

Other Materials:  darning needle, crochet hook (for provisional cast on), waste yarn

Gauge:   10 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches in in pattern

Abbreviations: 
BO: bind off
CO: cast on
k: knit
p: purl
rep: repeat
st(s): stitch(es)

COWL
Using a Provisional Cast On,  CO 35 stitches.  (Any odd number of stitches will work, however yardage requirements will change)
Tips for provisional cast on:
http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/WebLetter/Stitches/ProvCO/ProvCO.php
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/FEATfall05TT.html

 Close Up of Cerridwen Cowl - free knitting pattern by Feather
 Close Up of Cerridwen Cowl - free knitting pattern by Feather

First section: Garter Stitch
Row 1. k all stitches
Row 2. k all stitches
Row 3. k all stitches
Row 4. k all stitches
Second section: 1 x 1 Rib
Row 5.  *k1, p1* rep  across all stitches.
Row 6.   k1, *k1, p1* rep  across all stitches to second last stitch. k2.

Repeat these 6 rows until 49 inches or desired length is achieved, ending after row 5, with enough yarn left to join to beginning round with Kitchener Stitch.
Twist one end of the knitting one rotation  before  you join  ends,  so the cowl lies nice when you wear it.

Tips for kitchener stitch:
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/FEATtheresasum04.html
http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-finishing/2008/1/23/kitchener-stitch.html

Finishing:  Weave in ends.  Block if desired.

Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
Cerridwen Cowl
Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
Cerridwen Cowl 

Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
Cerridwen Cowl 

Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
Cerridwen Cowl

Cerridwen Cowl - Crescent Moon Collective
Cerridwen Cowl



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I have also been working on my Follow Your Arrow, shawl.  This is  the final clue.


The The Druid Craft Tarot: is what I am reading.

To see what other knitters  have on the needles and are reading, check out Ginny's Yarn Along.  To see what the hens are doing,  check  Tilly's Nest.,  and here at Howling Creek.

~ Feather ~

14 comments:

  1. YAY Angela! Thank you! It wraps around my neck twice, and is sooo soft. I am going to make another one starting .... now.

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  2. I can't wait to test it our for you!

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  3. Wonderful! I hope you enjoy it, and please, let me know how it works out for you!

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  4. Thank you CathieJ, I love it too, and yet, last night I started another one in a different colour... purple this time!

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  5. Gorgeous! I love the look of cowls, but am so paranoid about strangling myself.

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  6. ahhh, Kristina, I think you will be safe enough, especially with a short cowl!

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    1. Hi Lindsey, I knit back and forth, not knitting in the round. How many rows have you made all together? Sometimes knitting patterns don't really look right until you have gone 7 or 8 rows at least.
      Do you have a picture you can show me?

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  8. Hmm I'm not sure how to post a picture here?

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  9. You won't be able to post a picture here, as far as I know. You can post pictures easily at www.ravelry.com and post a link here to your ravelry project page.
    If you don't use a provisional cast on, you can just sew the two ends of your rectangle shaped knitting together, to make the cowl shape. (the ring)
    Knitting back and forth is just regular knitting. You knit one side, then turn your work and knit the other side. It is the opposite of knitting in the round.

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  10. شركتنا من المتميزون في اعمال الاصلاح بدون هدم او تكسير من خلال شركة ركن البيت التي تقدم الكثير والكثير في عمل اللازم وتصحيح الاخطاء التي تسببها تسريبات المياه فنحن مثلا

    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بجدة تقدم خدمة لعمل الاصلاح بدون اي خراب ونقدم النصيحة للعملاء بالابتعاد عن الاعمال التي تؤدي الي هذا الخراب فتعاملك مع شركة كشف تسربات بجدة لديها الخبرة الكافية تساعدك في الحفاظ علي منزلك كما اننا نتمكن في اننا سوف نرتقي بخدمة لاننا نقوم بالعمل السليم لها كما يوجد لدينا خدمات العوازل التي تمنع التسريبات من الاسقف لكم والحوائط والخزانات من خلال شركة تسمي الاولي في مجالها لذلك نحن نقدم شركة عزل خزانات بالرياض التي تعتبر في عل الخزانات الارضية من الداخل بواسطة مواد متميزة كما نقدم لكم شركة عزل اسطح بالرياض لعمل العوازل التي تمنع جميع التسريبات في الاسقف

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