On my birthday this year, I found myself writing a pattern and knitting it up. I needed to knit a cowl for a new friend. Hopefully it has found its way to her. I liked knitting this cowl, and the pattern is a pretty easy one. Also, I think anything knit in Malabrigo is pretty much destined to be awesome, because, let's be honest here, it's Malabrigo, people.
Spending my birthday doing something for someone else made me feel all cheery and cozy, kind of like I am hoping the cowl will make the recipient feel.
I get cheery about knits and all, but you know, there is also that pie thing, and it's Wednesday...
I made another recipe from Sweety Pies. Rice pie. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I shared it with my co-workers and they all thought it was pretty amazing. Rice, it's a celebratory thing, right?
So my birthday celebration is all wrapped up. I had fun celebrating, of course. I love gift-getting and everything, but I think gift-giving may be even better. So for my birthday, I am giving you a gift (if you want it). I am putting up the pattern for the cowl so you too can keep cozy when it's cool (which may not be at this particular moment depending on your location, but there you are). Or maybe you just want to be cool, since "cowl is the new scarf" and everything. Join the bandwagon!
It's my first pattern ever, so be nice!
ETA: I got word that some may have difficulty downloading the pdf, so here is the write-up:
Finished Size: 9.5” x 21”
Gauge: 5 stitches = 1” in the stitch pattern.
Yarn: Malabrigo is suggested (though anyworsted-weight yarn should work; but try and select
something soft and cozy. The colorway shown here is Bobby Blue.
Extra notions: Tapestry needle, Place marker
Stitch Pattern: The stitch pattern is a bias rib called Barley Sugar. The pattern is an eleven stitch repeat worked in 2 rounds:
Round1: *sl1, k1, psso, k6, yo, k3* repeat to the the end of the round.
Round 2: k (till the end of the round).
sl = slip
k = knit
psso = pass slipped stitch over
yo = yarnover
Cast on 99 stitches. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round. Join and work 3 rounds of garter stitch (purl the first row, knit the second, purl the the third). Begin working the Barley Sugar pattern until your cowl measures 9 inches (for a shorter scarf, knit to 6” for longer go to 10-12”). Work three rounds of garter stitch as youdid at the beginning (p, k, p). Bind off loosely. Weave in your ends (there should only be two). Block your cowl. Celebrate!