Take a look at these fingerless gloves if you are making the cowl and want gloves to match or just want to start on a smaller project. As with the cowl there are no increases or decreases and the pattern uses only the basic ‘knit’ and ‘purl’ stitches.
Cast on 44 stitches.
Knit stitch for 4 rows. This is called garter stitch – a wavy texture stitch on the front and back.
Knit stitch for one row, purl stitch for next row.You now have 2 rows of stocking stitch. The smooth arrow side is the front (right side) of the stitch. The wrong side (back) of the knitting has a wavy texture.
You then move onto the main area knitted in rib stitch.
Knit 2 stitches (move yarn to front of item) then purl 2 stitches and move the yarn to the back again. Repeat these 4 stitches for the rest of the row (11 times).
Repeat this row until you have 40 rows of rib stitch. Have you noticed that the front side of a knit stitch is the same as the back side of the purl stitch and vica versa? This means by alternating them you have the same rib pattern on the front (right side) and back (wrong side). This is useful to know if you want to make reversible items or where both sides are visible.
Knit stitch for 4 rows (garter stitch).
Bind/cast off all 44 stitches.
The ‘tails’ of yarn left from where you cast on and bind/cast off will be on the left if the front side is facing you.
Fold your knitting in half lengthwise and with the front (right side) on the inside. Now you can see the wrong side, start from the top (where you cast off) and using your yarn; sew the side together for 6cm and finish.
Leave a gap of 4cm then start again, sew the rest of the edge together to the bottom (the cast on edge) and finish.
You will have realised that the different combination of knit and purl stitches make all the other stitches! You will also see that the rib stitch area stretches – very useful to create elasticated areas on items like cuffs on sleeves 🙂
If you haven’t already, you may want to make the cowl to match !