HELICAL Stripes…more than just another pretty cowl pattern.
If you have ever knit stripes in the round you know how annoying those little jogs at the start of each stripe are to deal with, not to mention that little bump of yarn inside that rubs your skin...all.. day… long.
Helical stripes are truly a spiral that travels around and around creating flawless looking stripes. But even simple travels need directions, and that is exactly what this pattern is….your guide to making wonderful and easy stripes.
HELICAL Stripes 101 begins here!
I have set up an explanatory and easy to follow complete step by step photo tutorial that you can look at as you teach yourself how to do these simple stripes. I also include a link to an amazing video by designer AJknitwear, Jen is the one that piqued my interest and inspired this pattern and this design and she has graciously given me permission to share her link with you.
The borders are simple mock cables that are a matter of passing a slipped stitch over a few stitches but create an interesting look to a simple design. The pattern will take you stitch by stitch through knitting mock cables so you can fearlessly try a new technique if you are new to these as well.
If you would like an even simpler design please look at HELICAL Stripes II
Special thanks as always to H.Waitte for tech editing.
I have had some fun with an amazing group of knitters who have tested this pattern with me as I designed and created the cowl and the writing of the pattern. I wish to express my thanks for their enthusiasm!
Come see their projects here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/search#query=helicalstrip...
Come join the discussion and join in on our casual KAL for this design here: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/mary-ann-lammers-designs/3...
in my group Mary-Ann Lammers Designs
The finished measurements of the cowl are 32” to 37” for the bottom edge, depending on how aggressively you block it. The neck edge is 32”. the depth is 12” but easy enough to adjust by knitting fewer or more stripes. You will have to adjust the final stitch count for the neck edge border accordingly. Easy enough to do.
I knit with Cascade Yarns (sock yarn) for both cowl samples.
100 gram/3.5 oz. skeins. 400m/437 yds.
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon.
Circular needles 3.25 mm/US3 60cm/24” length
1 skein Cascade Heritage Wave Colour #508 Tropical,
(35 grams leftover).
1 skein Cascade Heritage Solids Sock Yarn Colour #5682 White,
(65 grams leftover).
Wine red cowl:
1 Skein Cascade Heritage Wave colour # 507 Lava,
(35 grams leftover)
1 Skein Cascade Heritage Solids Sock Yarn Colour #5606 Burgundy,
(65 grams leftover)
Thank you to Cascade yarns for fabulous yarn support and enthusiasm for my designs.
There is now another helical pattern called HELICAL Stripes II