Make Do and Hope by Rachel Leggett

Make Do and Hope

by Rachel Leggett
Knitting
March 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette st
US 6 - 4.0 mm
200 - 250 yards (183 - 229 m)
one size, adjustable
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With longer shipping times and not being able to go to my favorite brick and mortar stores, I’ve been in the mindset to make do with what I have as much as possible. I think that’s why, during this period of self isolation, I have been reaching for leftovers in my stash much more often than new skeins, which is how this pattern came about.

This pattern contains instructions to knit the two cowl variations pictured here. I wrote this pattern to use single skeins and small amounts of DK-to-worsted weight yarn and found it so addicting that I knit two cowls in four days. You can also hold fingering weight yarns double to achieve gauge, opening up possibilities for creating fades or fun pops of color. The pops of contrast color feel like, to me, little pops of hope that the world will come out of the COVID-19 pandemic stronger and more unified than ever.

Yarn
Cowl A (purple sample with pink pops) uses about:
MC: 100yd / 35g
CC: 100yd / 35g

I used:
MC: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in Claret Heather
CC: Holst Garn Supersoft 100% Uld held double in Sugarsnap and Red Clover

Cowl B (gray sample with variegated pops) uses about:
MC: 116yd / 50g
CC: 35yd / 15g

I used:
MC: Berroco Vintage DK in Cast Iron
CC: Malabrigo Rios in Ilusion

Needles
US 6 / 4mm 16” circular (or size needed to obtain gauge).

Gauge
20 sts and 28 rows in 4” in Stockinette stitch in the round.

Finished Measurements
22” circumference / 10” height
Circumference and height are both adjustable.