Knitting has always been one of my favorite activities, especially around wintertime. It’s not really something I keep up year-round though because if I do it for too long, my hands start to feel like I’m developing carpal tunnel. I took it up again a few weeks ago and, so far, my hands are feeling fine. Hopefully this means I can continue to knit even after the holidays!
I love love love knitting with wool. It’s so chunky and always makes for a plusher, higher quality end product. Another great thing about using a bulky wool is that each project goes a lot faster than with a lighter weight yarn. For this cowl, I used three balls of Loops & Threads Cozy Wool. It can be kind of pricey, but I was able to get them for $4 each at Michaels (usually $6.99).
I’ve been busy lately (as usual) so this project took me about a week and a half. I was able to put in about 30 minutes a day, so altogether it took maybe three and a half hours. I’m really happy with how it turned out and it will probably end up as a Christmas gift for one of my family members.
- Yarn. I used the Loops & Threads Cozy wool in Goldenrod, but you can use any other “super bulky” weight yarn (in any color, obviously). You’ll need about three balls or skeins of whatever yarn you choose.
- Knitting needles. For this cowl, I used a US size 15 set.
- A darning needle. This type of needle has a large eye so it’s super easy to thread large yarn through it.
This cowl was made using a stitch pattern called the Whelk stitch. There are a ton of YouTube videos of people demonstrating what this looks like. I learned it from this video by We Are Knitters. Unfortunately, they do not include a written pattern with their video. Fortunately, I have written it out below!
Cast on 43 stitches. For the Whelk stitch, you have to cast on a number of stitches that is a multiple of four, PLUS an additional 3 stitches. So, you could cast on 39, 47, 51, etc. This cowl used 43 stitches.
Row 1: knit 3, slip 1, knit 3, repeated across the row.
Row 2: knit 3, slip 1 purl wise*, knit 3, repeated across the row.
Row 3: knit 1, slip 1. Then, knit 3, slip 1, repeated across the row.
Row 4: purl 1, slip 1. Then, purl 3, slip 1, repeated across the row.
Row 5: repeat row 1.
Row 6: repeat row 2.
Row 7: repeat row 3.
Row 8: repeat row 4.
*Slipping purl wise means bringing your working yarn between your needles and to the front of your work, slipping the stitch from left to right, and then bring the yarn back between your needles and away from you.
I didn’t count the number of rows that I did, but the final product ended up being about two feet long.
When you’ve reached about two feet, cast off and thread your darning needle to sew the two ends together. Here is good tutorial from Purl Soho for the mattress stitch if you aren’t familiar with it.
Sorry for the lack of process pictures. I was so pumped about knitting this that I kept forgetting to stop and take pictures. Here are some final pictures though. Enjoy!