The trees are changing color and perfect evening temperatures call for a cup of hot cocoa and pumpkin cookies. The Swirling Leaves cowl was inspired by all the beautiful colors of nature during this time of year.
Knitting loom: Afghan Knitting Loom, 141 pegs used.
Yarn: Approx 400 yds of Aran weight wool blend. Breakdown: 300 yds of main color (MC), 50 yds of contrasting color (CC), 25 yds of second contrasting color (SCC), 25 yds of third contrasting color (TCC). Sample used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Beige (Main color, 300 yards). Accent colors—Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Allspice (CC), Dublin (SCC), Cornmeal (TCC).
Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle.
Gauge (blocked): 10sts x 15rows= 2 inches
Pattern notes: The cowl is worked as a flat panel, the flat panel then is seamed to a circular. The picot edging is worked as part of the body of the cowl. The leaves are loom knitted then sewn to the cowl. The connecting branches are embroidered on.
K=knit stitch (do not substitute with e-wrap).
SCC=Second contrasting color
TCC=Third contrasting color
K2tog=knit two stitches together. Decrease slants to the right. How to: over 2 pegs, peg 1 is on the right, peg 2 is on the left. Move loop from peg 1 over to peg 2. Knit peg 2, treating both loops as one loop. Move stitch over to peg 1.
SSK=slip, slip knit. Decrease slants to the left. How to: over 2 pegs, peg 1 is on the right, peg 2 is on the left. Move loop from peg 2 to peg 1. Knit peg 1, treating both loops as one loop.
M1=make one, an increase. Before you can do the M1, you need to have a peg empty where you need the increase, move the stitches outwards to create an empty peg. Reach for the ladder going from one peg to the next peg, twist it and place it on the peg. When you reach the point where you created the twist, knit the peg as normal.
Cast on 141 pegs, prepare to work a flat panel.
Row 1: k1 to the end of row.
Row 2: *k3, p1; rep from * to last stitch, k1.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until item measures approx. 11 inches from cast on edge.
Cut MC, join CC.
Next 4 rows: k to the end of row.
Next row: *k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Next 4 rows: k to the end of row.
Bind off with basic bind off method.
Make 3-one with each color (CC, SCC, TCC)
Over 11 stitches (pegs)
Leave a 15 inch beginning yarn tail, cast on 3sts (working yarn should end by peg 3 after cast on. Row 1 should go in a left-right direction.) Prepare to work a flat panel.
Row 1 and all other odd number rows: knit entire row
Row 2: k1, (m1, k1) twice. (5sts total)
Row 4: k2, m1, k1, m1, k2. (7sts total)
Row 6: k3, m1, k1, m1, k3. (9sts total)
Row 8: k4, m1, k1, m1, k4. (11sts total)
Row 10: ssk, k7, k2tog. (9sts total)
Row 12: ssk, k5, k2tog. (7sts total)
Row 14: ssk, k3, k2tog. (5sts total)
Row 16: ssk, k1, k2tog. (3sts total)
Bind off by passing the remaining yarn tail end through the last stitch.
Need more instructions on making the Leaf? Check out my original file on this item-Little Leaf
Block all items, including the leaves.
Fold the cowl in half, placing the right side and left side together, mattress stitch seam along the side.
Picot edging seaming: it is imperative that the item is blocked to open up the picot edging prior to sewing it down. Fold down the picot edging, naturally the picot edging will fold down along the line of the eyelets. Using the long tail of CC sew down the picot edge.
Weave ends in.
Leaves placement: Use the photo shown layout the leaves by one of the sides of the cowl, you can also do a different layout. Sew the leaf in place.
Embroidering the connecting swirls: Use the chain stitch to embroider the swirls. Chain stitch: Thread tapestry needle with yarn tail from the leaf, draw the needle up the knitted fabric and *insert it back where it just came out, looping a short stitch. With the needle above the yarn, hold the yarn with your thumb and draw it through, pulling all the yarn out and leaving the small loop. Repeat from the *. Concentrate on keeping the chains the same size. Tip: if this is your first time embroidering, experiment first on a piece on another type of knitted fabric.
Great link on embroidery basics: http://www.purlbee.com/2007/02/12/embroidery-basics/
Weave all ends in. Block again if necessary.