Høstkappe

Høstkappe, a free knitting pattern from Knitty.com. Free knitting pattern for a DETAILS HERE.

INTRODUCTION

Høstkappe

beauty shot

Tangy

This "autumn cowl," with its combination of simple color-stranded and slipped-stitch patterns, a little lace, all from merino wool, will keep out chilly fall breezes. Inspiration comes from a hat that I found in the 2002 fall issue of Knitty, Vinter Lue.

Although unlike the original designer, I did not see a commercial for Discovery Europe, with a fellow speaking Russian while holding a giant teddy bear, a lady speaking what might have been Dutch while staring at a stuffed fish, or a tall blonde lady, speaking what might have been Swedish, pulling at a pointy cap with ear flaps and color patterns, I did see the cap with the ear flaps on Knitty, and through a series of daydreams, was led to this cowl.

spacer model: Misty Pursel

spacer photos: Cynthia Spencer

SIZE

One

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Circumference at Top:19 inches/48.5 cm
Circumference at Bottom: 58 inches/148 cm

MATERIALS


spacer [MC] Done Roving Frolicking Feet Transitions [100 percent superwash wool; 480 yds/439 m per 131g skein]; color: Pumpkin Botanicals; 1 skein
spacer [CC] Done Roving Frolicking Feet [100% superwash merino wool; 480 yd/439 m per 131g skein]; color: Pumpkin; 1 skein

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below - every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer US #4/3.5 mm circular needle, 16-inch/40-cm
spacer US #6/4 mm circular needle, 16-inch/40cm and 24-inch/60 cm; a 32-inch/80-cm (length is optional)

Notions
spacer cable needle
spacer stitch markers
spacer tapestry needle

GAUGE

24 sts/32 rounds = 4 inches/10cm in stockinette stitch with larger needle.
Note: Gauge is not crucial, but working at a different gauge will result in a different finished size, and yarn usage may change.

PATTERN NOTES

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

In slipped stitch pattern, all stitches should be slipped purlwise.

Abbreviations:

C1/2L: Put next stitch on cable needle and hold in front of work. K2, then k1 from cable needle.
C1/2R: Put 2 stitches on cable needle and hold in back of work. K1, then k2 from cable needle.

CHARTS

chart

DIRECTIONS

Section 1: Ribbing
Using CC and smaller circular needle, CO 124 sts. Place marker and join for working in the round.
Ribbing round: [K2, p2] around.
Work ribbing as set for 1 inch/2.5cm.

Section 2: Stockinette
Change to larger needle.
Start with smallest circumference, and change to larger as piece grows.
Next round, increase: Knit, working two M1 increases in the round: one at the start, and one about halfway around. Placement is not critical. 126 sts.

Knit all rounds until piece measures 1.75 inches/4.5 cm.
Next round, increase: [K3, m1] around. 168 sts.
Knit all rounds until piece measures 2 inches/5 cm.

Change to MC and continue in stockinette until piece measures 3 inches/7.5 cm.

Section 3: Fair Isle Rectangles
Join CC, leaving MC attached.
Pattern round: [K3 MC, k3 CC] around.
Work as set until piece measures 4 inches/10cm.

Section 4: Stockinette
Cut CC.
Next round, increase: [K4, m1] around. 210 sts.
Knit all rounds until piece measures 5.5 inches/14 cm.
Next round, increase: [K5, m1] around. 252 sts.

Section 5: Slipped-Stitch Bubbles
Join CC, leaving MC attached.

Work from chart or written instructions as you prefer.

Round 1: With CC, [k2, sl2 wyib, k2] around.
Rounds 2 & 3: With MC, [sl1 wyib, k4, sl1 wyib] around.
Round 4 (CC & MC): [k1 CC, k4 MC, k1 CC] around.
Round 5: With MC, repeat Round 2.
Round 6: With CC, [C1/2L, C1/2R] around.
Round 7: With MC, [k2, sl2 wyib, k2] around.
Round 8: With CC, [sl2 wyib, k2, sl2 wyib] around.
Round 9: With MC, [k2, sl2 wyib, k2] around.
Round 10 (CC & MC): [k2 MC, k2 CC, k2 MC] around.
Round 11: With CC, [C1/2R, C1/2L] around.
Round 12: With MC, [sl1 wyib, k4, sl1 wyib] around.
Round 13: Repeat Round 4.

Cut CC; piece is completed in MC.

Section 6: Stockinette
Knit around until piece measures 7.5 inches/19 cm.
Next round, increase: [K6, m1] around. 294 sts.

Section 7: Swirling lace
Work from chart or written instructions as you prefer.

Round 1: [YO, SSK, k5] around.
Round 2: [K1, YO, SSK, k4] around.
Round 3: [K2, YO, SSK, k3] around.
Round 4: [K3, YO, SSK, k2] around.
Round 5: [K4, YO, SSK, k1] around.
Round 6: [K5, YO, SSK] around.
After Round 6, remove the marker, knit 6 stitches, and replace the marker. This is the new start of round.
Repeat Rounds 1-6 once more.

Next round, increase: [K7, m1] around. 336 sts.

Section 8: Wide ribbing
Ribbing round: [K4, p4] around.
Work as set around until piece measures 10.25 inches/26 cm.
Next round, increase: [K8, m1] around. 378 sts.

Continue working in stockinette until work measures 10.75/27 cm inches from beginning.

Section 9: Garter stitch
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: Purl.

Repeat Rounds 1-2 until work measures 11 inches/28 cm from the beginning, or until cowl is length desired.

Lower Edge
Work 2 purl rounds.

Bind off loosely.

FINISHING

Weave in all ends. Block by soaking in cool water and laying flat to dry.

If you are using yarns with very light and very dark colors, you may want to use a dye magnet or color catcher to absorb excess dye. These are available in the detergent section of a grocery store.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

designername Cynthia lives in State College, Pennsylvania, where for over 14 years, she has owned Stitch Your Art Out, a local knitting and quilting shop, and where she designs patterns for Really Clear Designs. She has a small collection of advanced degrees, including a B.S. degree in business, a master’s in writing, and a master’s and Ph.D. in educational psychology.

She can be found here, on Ravelry, on her Really Clear website, and on the Stitch Your Art Out website.

Pattern & images © 2017 Cynthia Spencer.