Saddleworth Cowl – pattern release

I actually started designing this cowl whilst I was still pregnant with my youngest daughter, we will just gloss over the fact that she is now 18 months old. At that time I was in the middle of a love affair with linen stitch, but much as I loved it I knew knitting a full project in just linen stitch would send me to sleep so I took some inspiration from the hills, valleys and reservoirs around where I live to add in some more interest and texture.

Once I’d established the basic design I thought it might be fun to work it up in a number of different yarn weights, after all how many times have you seen a pattern you like only to find it doesn’t match the yarn you want to knit with? For me the answer is far too many times and I am often too lazy to do the maths to convert the pattern to fit the yarn I want to use. In order to help in situations like this I came up with this pattern, I have worked it up in three different yarn weights (fingering/ DK/ chunky) and three different yarn styles (self striping/ solid colour/ variegated) so hopefully you will be able to find something that works for you.

Abbreviations:

K = knit

P = purl

ytf = bring yarn to front of work

ytb = bring yarn to back of work

sl 1 pwise = slip 1 stitch purl wise

yo = yarn over needle

k2tog = knit 2 stitches together

p2tog = purl 2 stitches together

kfb = knit in to the front and back leg of the current stitch

4 Ply/ Fingering Weight Version

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Needles: 3.5mm (the cowl is worked flat and them seemed so you may use either straight or circular needles depending on preference).

Yarn: 2 x 50g balls Drops Delight colour 13 red/ orange/ grey print (or equivalent 4ply/ fingering weight to achieve correct tension and provide you with at least 350m of yarn )

Tension: 12sts x 16 rows = 2.5cm worked in linen stitch

Finished Measurements: 19cm x 73cm (after blocking)

Notions: 5 x 2cm buttons and a tapestry needle

For the Cowl:

Using 3.5mm needles and knitted cast on method CO 66sts. It is important to use a knitted cast method here as it creates a decorative edge detail once the final piece has been seamed.

Knit 2 rows

LINEN STITCH SECTION

Row 1 (RS): (K1, ytf, sl 1 pwise, ytb) repeat to end of row.

Row 2: (P1. ytb, sl 1 pwise, ytf) repeat to end of row.

Repeat this 2 row sequence 7 more times ending with a wrong side row.

EYELET SECTION

Row 1 (RS): Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K1, *(yo, k2tog) repeat from * to end of row

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Purl

RUCHED SECTION

Row 1 (RS): kfb in to all sts (132sts)

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: (p2tog) repeat to end of row (66sts)

Repeat this 4 pattern sequence (Linen stitch section, Eyelet section, Linen stitch section, Ruched section) 6 more times, then work a final repeat but omitting the ruched section at the end (Linen stitch section, Eyelet section, Linen stitch section).

Bind off and block as necessary to achieve final measurements required.

To finish off sew in loose ends at the beginning and end of the cowl. Lap the cast on edge over the bind off edge (by approximately 2.5cm) and join the seams with 5 equally spaced buttons by sewing through both layers.

DK version

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I originally used Sirdar Flirt for this version of the cowl but this appears to have been discontinued. As the yarn is a bamboo blend it gives it a very different drape compared to the 4ply and chunky versions. This version also shows you how the pattern works up in a solid coloured yarn.

Needles: 4mm (the cowl is worked flat and then seamed later so you may use straight or circular needles depending on preference).

Yarn: 2 x 50g balls (or equivalent to achieve correct tension and provide you with approximately 200m of yarn)

Tension: 7sts x 10 rows = 2.5cm in linen stitch

Finished Measurements: 19cm x 69cm (after blocking)

Notions: 5 x 2cm buttons and a tapestry needle

For the Cowl:

Using 4mm needles and knitted cast on method CO 50sts. It is important to use a knitted cast method here as it creates a decorative edge detail once the final piece has been seamed.

Knit 2 rows

LINEN STITCH SECTION

Row 1 (RS): (K1, ytf, sl 1 pwise, ytb) repeat to end of row.

Row 2: (P1. ytb, sl 1 pwise, ytf) repeat to end of row.

Repeat this 2 row sequence 4 more times ending with a wrong side row.

EYELET SECTION

Row 1 (RS): Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K1, *(yo, k2tog) repeat from * to end of row

Row 4: Purl

RUCHED SECTION

Row 1 (RS): kfb in to all sts (100sts)

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: (p2tog) repeat to end of row (66sts)

Repeat this 4 pattern sequence (Linen stitch section, Eyelet section, Linen stitch section, Ruched section) 6 more times, then work a final repeat but omitting the ruched section at the end (Linen stitch section, Eyelet section, Linen stitch section.

Bind off and block as necessary to achieve final measurements required.

To finish off sew in loose ends at the beginning and end of the cowl. Lap the cast on edge over the bind off edge (by approximately 2.5cm) and join the seams with 5 equally spaced buttons by sewing through both layers.

Chunky version

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For this version I used a thick and thin yarn that overall knits up as a chunky weight yarn so this would be perfect for all those early attempts at hand spun that are sitting in shame somewhere in the back of a cupboard or those odd skeins of art yarn that you have picked up just because they were pretty but had no idea what to make with them.

Needles: 6mm (as the cowl is worked flat and then seamed you can use either straight or circular needles depending on preference)

Yarn: 1 x 100g skein Colinette Prism in the Autumn Leaves colour way (or equivalent chunky weight yarn to achieve correct tension and provide you with at least 120m of yarn).

Tension: 4sts x 8 rows = 2.5cm in linen stitch

Finished Measurements: 21cm x 69cm (after blocking)

Notions: 5 x 2cm buttons and a tapestry needle

For the Cowl:

Using 6mm needles and knitted cast on method CO 36sts. It is important to use a knitted cast method here as it creates a decorative edge detail once the final piece has been seamed.

Knit 2 rows

LINEN STITCH SECTION

Row 1 (RS): (K1, ytf, sl 1 pwise, ytb) repeat to end of row.

Row 2: (P1. ytb, sl 1 pwise, ytf) repeat to end of row.

Repeat this 2 row sequence 3 more times ending with a wrong side row.

EYELET SECTION

Row 1 (RS): K1, *(yo, k2tog) repeat from * to end of row

Row 2: Purl

RUCHED SECTION

Row 1 (RS): kfb in to all sts (72sts)

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: (p2tog) repeat to end of row (36sts)

Repeat this 4 pattern sequence (Linen stitch section, Eyelet section, Linen stitch section, Ruched section) 6 more times, then work a final repeat but omitting the ruched section at the end (Linen stitch section, Eyelet section, Linen stitch section).

Bind off and block as necessary to achieve final measurements required.

To finish off sew in loose ends at the beginning and end of the cowl. Lap the cast on edge over the bind off edge (by approximately 2.5cm) and join the seams with 5 equally spaced buttons by sewing through both layers.

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About themanyknitsofnadine

Interested in all things crafty, I knit, spin, sew, crochet, quilt, grow my own and bake (although the baking these days is all allergy friendly) and I try and blog about all these things. I also host a bi-weekly podcast on incorporating slow living into all my crafty adventures
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