FallinLove Cowl by Herbstblatt Regina

FallinLove Cowl

February 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
5.5 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
394 - 437 yards (360 - 400 m)
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The yarn that I used to design the “Fall in Love” collection is no longer available, since the yarn dyer behind Baerenwolle is no longer dyeing any yarn. I added the equivalent (same yarn base) from my own handdyed yarn - Hazel Soft Sock 4ply as alternatives, as well as Witch Hazel 4ply.

The inspiration behind this cowl is of course the two matching patterns for a hat and a pair of fingerless mittens (FallinLove Hat and FallinLove Fingerless mittens). I can’t help it - I just love Fall! :-D

But I also knew, that I wanted to make something warm and cozy, also fun with the cables, but not too many cables, and also warm around the neck, without the bulk of the fabric that many beautiful shawls also bring with them. And I also wanted to use about a whole skein of fingering weight sock yarn to knit this cowl.

So the FallinLove Cowl was born. :-) It’s a perfect accessoire to wear around your neck when it’s cold and you want to wear something warm and cozy around it, but don’t want any shawl ends flying around and constantly having to fudge around with the style. It’s also perfect to wear with your winter coat, just as an additional layer (or 2) around your neck, so the cold wind can’t get to you!

The cowl is knit in a tube and sideways. You start with a provisional cast-on, so you can graft the edges together in the end and will end up with a seamless cowl. One half of the stitches is knit in stockinette stitch, the other half is knit in the cable pattern. For which I included written instructions and also a chart.

For the grafting it’s helpful to know how to do the kitchener stitch, preferably also how to kitchener purl stitches together. But I also included a link to a helpful YouTube tutorial in the pattern.

Yarn: about 90 g of fingering weight yarn/ sock yarn (Sample: BAERENWOLLE BAERfoot Sock in the colorway “Zimtstange”)

Cotton yarn scrap: about 2m (for provisional cast on)

Needles: 3.75 mm/US 5 needles (long DPNs or you could also use a long circular needle for magic loop)– or size needed to obtain gauge (+ additional needle for grafting the edges together)

Stitch markers if needed

Cable Needle (I like to use a bobby pin instead ☺), tapestry needle, scissors

Gauge: in stockinette stitch knit in the round:
BAERENWOLLE BAERfoot Sock : 1x1 inch = 6.5 stitches x 8 rows
After soaking and blocking: 1x1 inch = 5.5 stitches x 8 rows

Sizes: One

I knit my cowl to measure 60cm /24” before blocking and grafting the edges. I find, that this gives me the perfect length to have a cozy cowl around my neck, that is close enough to give me wormth and cozyness, but isn’t too snugh around my neck.

Of course, you could make your cowl longer. If you want to use 2 skeins of 100 grams of sock yarn, you could knit it long enough to wear it as a two-loop-cowl (this would have to measure about 54”).