Hello hello and happy new year 2015!
We’re starting the year right with another free pattern! the knitting continues and I’m really excited to share the pattern for this knit hat and cowl set. The stripey inspiration came from the unique yarn, which is no other than Malabrigo merino worsted. The colors are green apple and purple mystery.
This yarn was my very first ‘fancy’ yarn, purchased at ‘The Quarter Stitch‘ in New Orleans. Be sure to pay them a visit if you find yourselves in the beautiful Nawlins. It’s truly a yarn wonderland and they’ll happily skein and wrap your yarn to go, using beautiful tissue paper. The cherry on the cake is the little tissue paper hearts inside your bag, tied with colorful ribbon.
As you can tell, this is a very simple cowl design, with 4 row purple stripes on a green background. The hat has single green stripes for contrast and a ribbed brim for comfort. While I didn’t do this, I recommend you use a size smaller needles for the brim, in order to make it more snug.
And finally, here’s the pattern! add it to your ravelry queue
Purple mystery with apples hat and apple cowl
Gauge for both: 18 st x 26 rows = 4 inches or 10 cm
Yarn: 1 skein each of Malabrigo merino worsted in Apple green and Mystery purple or about 440 yards of worsted weight yarn of your choice
Needles size 5 mm 16 inch (or longer if you want to use magic loop) + DPNs for decrease OR size needed to obtain gauge
Size: fits most adults, finished size is 17. 5 inches and it will stretch to fit a head up to 22 inches
Cast on 78 stitches
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches
Work 1×1 rib (k1, p1) around for 1.5 inches
Then work the following
7 rows purple
1 row green
8 rows purple
1 row green
Work 2 rows in purple and in the last row, place a marker every 13 stitches (we’ll do a decrease in 6 portions)
Start decreases: (k2tog, knit til marker, slip marker) repeat around for 12 rows, until you have 6 stitches left. With a darning needle, pass the thread through remaining stitches and pull tightly to close. Weave in ends and block if desired.
Finished size is 26 inches
Cast on 120 stitches
Knit 5 rows in green then
4 rows blue
7 rows green
knit 5 rows in green
Bind off and block if desired
Note: the plain knit edge of this cowl will curl. I actually like that in this design, but if you would rather it not curl, you can work a few rows in 1 x 1 rib.