The Secret Life of Cats (and dogz) by Casapinka

The Secret Life of Cats (and dogz)

November 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette worked flat, after wet blocking.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1200 - 1500 yards (1097 - 1372 m)
2 sizes - Shawl/Infinity Cowl and Scarf/Infinity Cowl
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This pattern is for a Shawl, Scarf, or infinity cowl. It was designed for both advent sets or 4 skeins of fingering weight yarn.

This was designed in an Asylum advent mini skein kit of 25 skeins. It was a gradient and based on the colors in the magenta/blue photo with Sharon and quickly sold out.


Shape: Rectangular like The Sharon Show to keep things simple during a pandemic. It will already be familiar to you. The Scarf begins life the same width as the shawl but then decreases so you have pretty flared ends, shown in pic at bottom. It uses about 1200 yards of yarn.

Measurements: Shawl: 17” X 88” after wet blocking
but instructions to shorten in specific sections. (Note - it’s simple to adjust your length as you proceed.)

  1. Most of this pattern is pretty simple. If you are a beginner and have a couple of projects behind you, I urge you to give it a try! It is easier than The Sharon Show but will not be boring! There is also the simple technique of marling that you will be introduced to if you’ve never done it.

  2. Please join “The Sharon Show” FB group here to knit together or else use the Casapinka Group here.

  3. If you don’t know who Sharon From Security is, she’s a snarky cat who is also a Spy and a Security Guard here at Caspainka and sometimes writes knitting patterns. She drinks and smokes and has a Catitude but she’s not as bad as Jean From I.T. and Jeans’ chihuahua Shannon who pees on Sharon’s tires. We are considering bringing in a Royal Canadian Mounted Policecat or a guy from Interpol to help Sharon get her shit together but that’s a story for another day. Update - we hired the Interpol guy but he’s quarantined with ringworm.

Four Skeins Sets of yarn
Pic 3 - Four skein set inspired by the original mood board for the Advent sets from Asylum Fibers
Pic 4 - Miami Fiber Company
Pic 5 - Amanda Hope Yarn - lots of sets that work well
Pic 6/7 - Gigi Bonin Yarn
Pic 8/9 - Emma’s Yarn (these are singles so you will need to size down one-two needle sizes.)

Video for Section 8 stitch is here.
Video for Section 24 stitch is here.
For the first and last sections of the cowl it should say
Rep Rows 1-4 two more times.

Section 9: Row 16 should be p them together for 6 sts, not 4.

Section 23
After Row 8, the rest of this section should read:
Rep Rows 1-8 once more. Do not cut B/23

With C/12
Row 17 (RS): ES, k to last 4 sts, ES.
Row 18 (WS): ES, k1, into the next 3 sts (p3tog, yo, p3tog), k1; rep from to last 5 sts, k1, ES.

With B/23
Row 19 (RS): ES, k to last 4 sts, ES.
Row 20 (WS): ES, p to last 4 sts, ES.

Rep Rows 17-20 twice more. Cut C/12.

With B/23
Row 29: ES, k to last 4 sts, ES.
Row 30: ES, p to last 4 sts, ES.
Row 31: ES, k to last 4 sts, ES.
Row 32: ES, p2, YRN, p2, pass increased st over 2 purled sts and off needle, p2; rep from to last 4 sts, ES.
Row 33: ES, k to last 4 sts, ES.
Row 34: ES, k to last 4 sts, ES.

Cut B/23.
Section 24
Only cut the contrast colors until the end.

Section 25 - Cowl For the final section of the cowl there are no setup rows and they should be numbered 1-4, not 1212.