New Stitch Cowl

q8~Ever since Curls and I saw the Linen Stitch Scarf by Churchmouse, I’ve wanted to try the stitch. Finished Object Friday: Linen Scarf and Pretti-Cozy by Curls shows the wonderful scarf she made using the stitch. I have found the stitch does have other names. Anyway. When browsing yarns for my b-i-l’s Canadian Hat, I saw a scrumptiously colored yarn Boboli by Berroco knew it would be perfect for knitting a Linen-Stitch Cowl for my s-i-l. I did not want to make a long scarf, so I decided a cowl would fit the bill. This was the knitting project I brought to Montreal. When we were out and about driving in the beautiful country-side, I was assigned the job of navigator and missed a couple of turns because I was so busy knitting. Oops. I’m usually an awesome navigator and have a wonderful sense of direction, my reputation is now suffering.

Working on Linen Stitch Cowl

Working on Linen Stitch Cowl

Finished Linen Stitch Cowl

Finished Linen Stitch Cowl

B-i-l modeling hat and s-i-l modeling Linen Stitch Cowl

B-i-l modeling hat and s-i-l modeling Linen Stitch Cowl

Linen Stitch Cowl

US 8 circular – I used a 16 inch, this pattern is knit in the round. You could use double points if you like them better.
Yarn: Worsted weight, 200 yards
1 stitch marker

wyif = with yarn held in front

Cast On: 120 stitches, I always use the Old Norwegian Cast on method which gives the edge a bit of a stretch.

Join the row, making sure not to twist stitches at join. Place marker before the first stitch.

Knit for three rows then start the pattern:

Repeat this pattern until cowl is 8″ wide:

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: *P1, sl1 wyif*

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: *Sl1 wyif, P1*

After the width is 8″ end with: Knit 3 rows and bind off.

For binding off I always use Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretch Bind-off.

Finishing: weave in ends.

This cowl could also be folded up and “pinned” giving a more “formal” look.

Twined Over Ewe

q8 – As mentioned yesterday, we decided that we have to finish some of our WIPs before we can begin new ones.  The exception is our joint challenge.  We try to get together every Monday and follow our creative hearts. Since I’ve finally retired, Barb and I have had a blast following creativity.  We’ve decided to do joint projects, in addition to our many individual WIPs. There are two rules for each joint project:  1. It has to be considered ‘”major” (hats and small projects we don’t consider major) and 2. It has to teach us a new technique. On our mom’s side, we are of Norwegian heritage.  Our passion for genealogy has made us feel more in contact with our Norwegian side.  Mom’s side of the family played a big part of our lives and being Norwegian was huge.  Seeing the Norwegian Star slippers in the book Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks by Laura Farson screamed at us – “knit me”!  The project was started Monday.   This one has a new twinned cast-on technique and twinned knitting.  So we’re Twined Over Ewe.  This is the heel:

One tip: I had 2 #4 bamboo needles and Barb had 2 #4 green needles.  We traded one needle and made the green one our number 1 needle.  Has worked wonderfully well!  Both needles are a knitting joy.  Two different colored circulars make the knitting so much easier.

This is the WIP I just finished.  Hurray!  It is on the blocking wires:

The shawl is called Maja by Anniken Allis.  It’s a free pattern in Knitty, Winter 2008. I’d been wanting to try that “yarn-strands-over” technique.  I’ve had this Noro Inspirations yarn Color 5 for a few years and thought this would be the perfect project.  Its a heavier yarn and perfect as a shawlette – I made it smaller than Anniken’s Maja.  Please, don’t look too hard for the mistakes! lol!  When looking up the info for the blog today I recognized Anniken as a Scandinavian name, checked it out and sure enough she’s from Norway.  You’ll see, we just can’t get away from our Norwegian roots! lol!

Barb is a fabulous knitter, the better of us two.  She inherited mom’s knitting gene.  She just finished an extraordinarily wonderful sweater called Herdis by Elsebeth Lavold.  The pattern is in Designer’s Choice Book One.  Hum, another Scandinavian pattern.  I promise, most of what we knit is not Scandinavian!  Although my favorite cast-on is the Old Norwegian Method and I purl the Norwegian way.

We do have our next project lined up – dang I’m the type of person who wants instant gratification but we made a promise to wait so I’ll be good!  Barb did make noises on Monday that she thought she’d try the new technique.  I played the older sister card and told her she had to wait! lol! HINT – think Brioche.  The yarn has been purchased and is silently screaming at me “use me now”.