With Love from Southland NZ by Diana Mcdougall

With Love from Southland NZ

February 2023
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
US 9 - 5.5 mm
175 - 197 yards (160 - 180 m)
One size
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

February is not a favourite month, no more. Supposed to be the Month of love but starting from 2022 and kept going , is bringing so much sadness, losses and mournings all over the world, not only for me! start of a war (Russia/Ukraine), loss of my dad, massive earthquake in Turkey and Syria and then to finish the month in catastrophic style close to home, throw in a Cyclone. We are very fortunate, living in the south part of New Zealand and we haven’t been affected but thousands of people (or maybe more) in Hawkes bay lost everything.

I am usually very slow in releasing new designs as I procrastinate a lot and I prefer knitting to editing to be completely honest. But this time, when massive efforts are done all over to help a bit, wherever you can, I created this design and even better I have it ready for publishing in a record time (for me), but has not been tested yet by anybody else except me at this stage. Preparations are in place for testing. This is a very small contribution from me with love!

Pattern is offered for free to everybody. You might want to make one for yourself or to donate or to sell. If you can donate money to any charity of your choice I will be grateful, if you are not quite in the position , just pay forward at some stage!

Right, so this cowl is a pretty quick project when you want a simple rib cowl but K3p2 is too boring on its own.

Pattern is for DK (or worsted) yarn - any yarn should work as long as it is soft! you want to show your love so please make sure the cowl that will hug the neck is going to be nicely hugging, not scratching!

Construction starts with a very small number of stitches, working on bias and increasing 2 stitches in each row, building new rib sections. Instructions are for a few rows but soon will become intuitive, just make sure you keep the ribs building up. When the piece is wide enough, half of the stitches are cast off and the other half is worked in the established rib pattern.

Gauge is not extremely essential, but approx. 20st/10cm/4in - not stretched

Dimensions: approx. 56 cm diameter and 27cm wide (before blocking). If blocking, please do it gently so doesn’t stretch too much.

If you want to make it smaller you might need to work the increases for a smaller number of rows , if you have issues sorting this, please message me!

I tried to have this pattern very concise, so it might look a bit different than my usual ones (however they all need updated :slightly_smiling_face:

Enjoy making one or 10 of these! if you find any mistakes, please message me!