Today's post is about a little cowl I made for my sister for the upcoming holidays! (Hopefully she's not reading this post.) Where she lives, the winters are much colder than the ones we enjoy here in the Bay Area. So when I make things for her I try to take that into account and make something that is beautiful, fashionable, and practical. This cowl is made from one skein of Shibui Silk Cloud and one skein of Shibui Maai, held together, and I'm looking forward to giving it to her.
Maai is Shibui's new chainette yarn, and I am in love with the feel and texture of it. I recently learned that Shibui yarns are designed to be knit together into different fabrics, so it's no wonder that the Maai and the Silk Cloud compliment each other so well. The tiny strand of silk and mohair in Silk Cloud creates a beautiful halo around the springy chainette without weighing it down or overpowering it.
THE SISTER COWL
Shibui Silk Cloud (60% mohair, 40% silk; 330 yds / 25 g) Ash or color of your choice, 1 skein
Shibui Maai (70% baby alpaca and 30% fine merino; 175 yds / 50 g) Ash or color of your choice, 1 skein
One US 6 (4mm) 16" circular needle
24 stitches & 34 rows / 4" square in 2x2 rib pattern
Stitch marker, tapestry needle
K - knit
P - purl
Holding yarns together, cast on 132 st in tubular cast on. I used Ysolda's tutorial here to learn this new-to-me cast on.
Join to work in round, being careful not to twist. Place marker.
Beginning ribbing section:
Round 1: [K2, P2] to end.
Repeat Round 1 for 14 more rounds (15 rounds total).
Middle ribbing pattern:
*Round 2: [P2, K2] to end.
Repeat Round 2 for 2 more rounds (3 rounds total).
Round 3: [K2, P2] to end.
Repeat Round 3 for 9 more rounds (10 rounds total).
Repeat from * 2 more times.
Round 4: [P2, K2] to end.
Repeat Round 4 for 2 more rounds (3 rounds total).
Ending ribbing section:
Round 5: [K2, P2] to end.
Repeat Round 5 for 14 more rounds (15 rounds total).
Bind off using an i-cord bind-off.
Today only -- receive 15% off the supplies to make The Sister Cowl! You can stop by the shop today (open 11-6pm), call (510-595-verb), or email (info@averbforkeepingwarm). We are happy to ship!