Mossy Rib Cowl

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NOTE: I have since pulled this pattern for testing and tech editing, and will be offering it for sale.

I'm so excited to publish my very first pattern, the Mossy Rib Cowl as a free download on Ravelry!

I created this cowl to showcase the beauty of the Alpaca Pure I purchased at Purl Soho this summer. Something this soft deserves to be worn close to the skin, and a cowl makes use of every last yard of this luxurious (and expensive) fiber.

This design is appropriate for the advanced beginner or intermediate knitter because it calls for a provisional cast-on and invisible finishing with the kitchener stitch. There are great tutorials online for both these techniques. I used the crochet provisional cast-on from Arenda Holladay's blog.  Arenda's blog is one of my favorite sources for learning new techniques. She's a wonderful teacher.  To learn the kitchener stitch, I highly recommend Craftsy's free online class,  Ins & Outs of Grafting, taught by Anne Hanson.

The actual knitting is easy - just knits and purls - and goes quickly. There's plenty of time to knit one (or more) up for a special holiday gift - maybe for yourself!

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