Saturday, July 9, 2016

Basketweave Cowl

This beautiful ombre yarn creates a great canvas for the basketweave stitch. This was my first time using both this yarn and this stitch, and I was pleasantly surprised with both. 
I used one skein of Knit Picks Chroma in Hollyhock with size 6 circular needles. This scarf is not worked in the round, but I used circulars just because I tend to prefer them. 

wyib: with yarn in back
wyif: with yarn in front

CO 131, longtail method. 

Purl 1 row

Row 1: sl 1 st kw wyib, sl 2nd st pw wyib, [sk next st on needle, k next st tbl (do not drop st off needle), k the skipped st, drop both sts off needle] to last st, k last st tbl

Row 2: sl 1st st pw wyif, sl 2nd st pw wyif, [ sk next st on needle, p next st (do not drop st off needle), p the skipped st, drop both sts off of needle] to last st, p last st

Rep rows 1 and 2 until the scarf is the desired width. 

BO using JSSBO. Fasten off. I left an extra long tail so that I could seam the ends together after blocking, but you could also just add some more yarn. I blocked this lightly to stretch out the stitch and make it more even. Blocking also helped reduce the curling of the edges very much. I was sort of worried about how much the edges curled, but after blocking it, just wetting and pinning it down, the edges flattened right out. 

After blocking, seam together and weave in all ends. 
I loved watching each color emerge as I knit on, with the vibrant purples, indigos, and greys. As I said, I've never used this yarn before, but I really enjoyed it and will definitely be using it again. 
My finished cowl is 29"x11" after blocking. 
I hope you enjoy is pattern!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

4 comments:

  1. Just a question. I understand the abbreviations except for kw and pw. ??

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    1. Kw means knitwise and pw means purlwise. Hope that helps!

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  2. Please explain "tbl" and the bind off "JSSBO".
    The pattern looks really intricate, can't wait to try it!

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    1. Tbl means "through back loop" so just knit the stitch through the back loop instead of the front loop. JSSBO means Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, which you can find a tutorial of online, or use another stretchy bind off.

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