With the oh-so-beautiful Channel Island Cast On behind us, it is time to turn our attention to the main section of the cowl. The design continues to focus on knit and purl stitches. I am always amazed at the myriad of stitch patterns that can be made from these two simple stitches.
Before continuing with the next section, I recommend placing a Lifeline through the stitches to safeguard your hard earned work from Part One. See Lifeline Video
The center of this section features a little used cousin to the cable stitch known as a Right Turn. Like a cable stitch, stitches in a Right Turn are slipped to a cable needle. Then, the cable needle is rotated 180 degrees counterclockwise. Following this turn, the stitches are then worked directly off of the cable needle. The Right Turn gives a twist to the stitches and simulates a cable. In Namesake, we slip 4 stitches to the cable needle, turn counterclockwise and then work a k2, p2 from the cable needle. The stitches on the cable needle will seem to be seated incorrectly, but resist the urge to untwist them to preserve the desired appearance. It’s a quick and fun technique that I think you will enjoy. Check out my Right Turn /Left Turn Video to “turn” a little bit of charm into your cowl. The video also demonstrates the Left Turn which you may want to incorporate into a future project.
While Part Two is comprised of a fairly simple repeat, I found it very helpful to place a marker between the stitch repeats – every 12 sts. Use markers that are a different color than your beginning of the round marker to eliminate confusion. This sectioning of the stitch repeats will help to minimize errors.
As promised in last week’s post, the knitting is clear sailing from now on. I especially like that with the exception of Round 32 (which directly follows the Right Turn round) every even numbered round is the same as its preceding round. Hurray for mindless knitting!
Part Two may be worked from the written or charted instructions. If knitting from the chart, notice that it does not include any edge stitches as found in Part One’s chart. Simply work all 12 stitches in the chart, repeating until the end of the round. Remember, every round is worked from right to left in circular knitting.
As you complete Part Two, take the time to admire our completely reversible work. Below is a peek at this week’s stitch pattern.
What is in store for next week? See you on October 16th to find out!
RTn – (Right Turn) Slip 4 stitches to cable needle, turn cable needle 180° counterclockwise, k2, p2 from cable needle. See Right Turn/Left Turn Video
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At this point, I recommend placing markers every 12 sts for easy tracking of each repeat. Be sure that these markers are not the same color as the beginning of the round marker.
Work Rounds 17-44 from written instructions below or chart found below.
17. *K6, p6; repeat from * to end of round.
18. Same as Round 17.
19. *K5, p1, k1, p5; repeat from * to end of round.
20. Same as Round 19.
21. *K4, p2, k2, p4; repeat from * to end of round.
22. Same as Round 21.
23. *K3, p3; repeat from * to end of round.
24. Same as Round 23.
25. *K2, p4, k4, p2; repeat from * to end of round.
26. Same as Round 25.
27. *K1, p5, k5, p1; repeat from * to end of round.
28. Same as Round 27.
29. *P6, k6; repeat from * to end of round.
30. Same as Round 29.
31. *K4, RTn, p4; repeat from * to end of round.
32. *K6, p6; repeat from * to end of round.
33. *P1, k5, p5, k1; repeat from * to end of round.
34. Same as Round 33.
35. *P2, k4, p4, k2; repeat from * to end of round,
36. Same as Round 35.
37. *P3, k3; repeat from * to end of round.
38. Same as Round 37.
39. *P4, k2, p2, k4; repeat from * to end of round.
40. Same as Round 39.
41. *P5, k1, p1, k5; repeat from * to end of round.
42. Same as Round 41.
43. *P6, k6; repeat from * to end of round.
44. Same as Round 43.