My love affair with the Feather and Fan lace pattern continues. I liked the result of the last cowl I made so much, I had to make another one. This time, I wanted one that fit a bit closer around the neck. So I used slightly smaller needles (4mm), thinner yarn (DK) and fewer stitches.
I knit a tube using the Feather and Fan lace pattern for a total of 8 inches (20cm) then did a garter stitch border and cast off. I tested it out by wearing it on our weekly early morning grocery trip. While I love it, especially the colour and the softness of the yarn -- handspun locally sourced Ramboulette, I didn't like the fact it was a tube. I needed a bit of something to cover my upper chest, but a bit of a bib, like I made on the other one.
Thanksfully I have plenty of yarn left over. So while I join the family to watch the various hockey games on today, I will undo the garter edge and knit a bit of flared edge.
Here's the pattern to make your own cowl:
Yarn: 70 g of DK weight yarn, must be very soft as it will be snug against your neck.
Needles: 4mm circular -- 16" or 40cm
Feather and Fan Pattern -- another variation on the theme -- this one uses a multiple of 11 stitches.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: *K2tog, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k2tog*
Row 4: Purl
Repeat these 4 rows to make Feather and Fan lace pattern when knitting in the round.
Instructions to make the Purple Cowl:
Cast on 77 stitches leave an 8" tail -- see below.
I hate the stress of trying not to twist the stitches when joining in the round, almost as much as I dislike doing garter stitch on circular needles. So this trick deals with both issues: Instead of joining in the round, knit back and forth on circular needles doing garter stitch for 4 rows. After 4 rows, join in the round. You will find it nearly impossible to twist the stitches at this stage -- the extra tail is used to stitch up the 1/2 inch gap .
Begin Feather and Fan Lace pattern as shown above. Knit in pattern for 8 inches, or preferred length. If you just want a tube, after row 2 of the pattern, begin 4 rows of garter stitch. If you hate knitting in garter stitch on circulars, use same technique as above. Bind off loosely.
If you want a bit of a bib, or something to cover a bit more of your upper chest, try the following. It's the same pattern as the one used in the Placid Waters cowl.
Instructions for bottom flared edge:
Round 1: *Knit 7, increase by M1L* (make one left) for a total of 11 increases. (88 stitches)
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *Knit 8, increase by M1L* (make one left) for a total of 11 increases. (99 stitches)
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: *Knit 9, increase by M1L* (make one left) for a total of 11 increases. (110 stitches)
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: *Knit 10, increase by M1L* (make one left) for a total of 11 increases. (121 stitches)
Round 8: Knit to the last stich and then icrease one by M1L (122 stitches total)
Round 9: *K2tog, yo*
Round 10: Purl
Round 11: Knit
Round 12: Purl
Round 13: Bind off -- if you have the patience and enough yarn, do a picot bind off.
Weave in ends, block and wear with pride.
Will post my revised version later on today.