Parsnips and carrots by Anni Howard

Parsnips and carrots

Knitting
August 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Parnips and carrots stranded pattern
US 3 - 3.25 mm
230 - 383 yards (210 - 350 m)
Small, large
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A fun cowl in stranded knitting worked in the round and edged with k2, p2 rib. There are 2 sizes and 2 varieties of vegetable to choose from - parsnips or carrots!

With the background in a dark shade with paler motifs, you have parsnips. Choose a pale colour for the background with dark motifs, you have carrots. But your colour options don’t stop there. Did you know that until the 16th century, when Dutch farmers cultivated the orange carrots with which we are familiar, carrots came in yellow, white and purple?

I would love to see purple knitted carrots, but whichever colours you choose, don’t forget to upload some photos of your project, either here or on Instagram. Use #parsnipsandcarrots

It’s a fairly easy stranded knit, with no float longer than 6 sts, so there is no need to trap your floats on the wrong side of the work. Stitchmastery charts.

Yarn amounts amendment: If you are using a different yarn to the one suggested, or raiding your stash, you will need the following approx amounts of 4ply/fingering weight yarn.

Parsnips version: 150 (190)m in MC and 50 (80)m in CC
Carrots version: 125 (160)m in MC and 75 (110)m in CC

Optional pattern change
Those little contrast Vs in the parsnip/carrot that falls half at the end of the round and half at the beginning of the next round worries me, so if it worries you too, here’s what to do:

Rnds 1-8: As given.
Rnd 9: Stop 1 st before end of rnd. Then wk last st of rnd in other colour to that stated.
Rnd 10: Stop 1 st before end of rnd. Then wk last st of rnd in other colour to that stated.
Rnds 11 and 12: As given.
Rnd 13: Stop 1 st before end of rnd. Then wk last st of rnd in other colour to that stated.
Rnd 14: Stop 1 st before end of rnd. Then wk last st of rnd in other colour to that stated.
Rnds 15-20: As given.