just keep swimming by HannahMade in Scotland

just keep swimming

July 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
US 7 - 4.5 mm
4.5 mm
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
single loop cowl (but easy to lengthen)
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Just keep swimming cowl is inspired by the aquatic sports that are happening as part of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. The instructions are for a short distance swim cowl, which forms just one loop around the neck. A long distance cowl can be made by adding in extra pattern repeats.

The colourwork used is a combination of intarsia and fair isle. The two lines of water are knitted from one bobbin, with floats being carried across the back of the work. The start/finish line uses fair isle. The swimmers are knitted using intarsia, so two bobbins of MC are required. An additional small bobbin each of MC and the swimmer CC are useful when knitting the diver at the beginning of the chart. The cowl is worked back and forth, end to end. The ends are then grafted together using two colours (a variation which results in grafting using one colour is also provided).

The chart was made using the tools available at www.chart-minder.com

4.5mm needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Drops Nepal - 2 balls of MC, 1 ball each of CC1, CC2 and CC3
Crochet hook & scrap yarn (for provisional cast on)
Darning needle (for kitchener stitch, and weaving in ends)
Sample was knitted in Nepal shades 8038 (MC), 8783 (CC1), 0501 (CC2) and 4399 (CC3)

Many thanks to Graham Campbell - my photographer, model and long-suffering flatmate. https://www.flickr.com/photos/gj_thewhite/

And to SadieLou, Cia and Antje for their feedback and encouragement.