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Free Knit Pattern: Sheaf Cowl

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sheaf-cowl

This unique creation is from Kathy North of Designs by KN. I know that it’s the color that initially caught my eye. I love all shades of aqua and turquoise. On closer inspection, though, I was incredibly intrigued by those long stitches. I needed to read further to figure that out. I’ve never knit anything like that. So, let’s talk about the pattern.

On the surface, this pattern is a simple knit and purl rib; knit 2, purl 2. Kathy has thrown in something completely different and I find myself in unfamiliar territory. The instructions are to count to find the sixth stitch on the left needle and insert your needle between the sixth and seventh stitch. You just reach in there and pull up a loop then place it on your left needle. You don’t increase at all because the very next thing you’ll do is knit that big loopy loop together with the next stitch.

I am assured by other knitters that this loopy loop maneuver is very easy and that I can possibly do this in my sleep. My response to that person who told me that knitting is so much easier than crocheting because there are only basically two stitches? That person is a LIAR! Maybe I’m being harsh. Maybe not. So, let’s check it out.

It’s really not going to be all that difficult to pull a loop up through the middle of those stitches. My only real concern is that I feel like it’s going to take some practice to keep my tension even. On first try, I’ll probably be all over the place with that loopy loop. I know it’s cheating, but if you have a hard time pulling that loop through, I’ve got an easy fix for you: just use a crochet hook. Reach in there and pull that loopy loop up and over, onto the top of the needle then carry on with your knitting.

Free Knit Pattern: Sheaf Cowl

Once I turned this photo over on its side, I experienced a light bulb effect. I completely get it now. You’re just pulling the loopy loop across the stitches. That’s actually really quite easy and I’ll cut my knitting friend a break for telling me about the “easier than crocheting” thing. I know I’ll still have to practice a bit so that I get the right tension, but I can do this. And so can you!

If you would like to change the size of this project, it looks like the stitch multiple is 8, plus 2.

We should also address the yarn Kathy used for her project. We’ve already established that the color is pretty, but there’s more to it. I’ve used Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) and it’s a delightful roving, single ply yarn. It’s also not readily-available anymore, unfortunately.

I’ve been able to find something that has a very similar look and feel with 40 different colors. The biggest difference is that it doesn’t include acrylic and it’s also got a tad bit of alpaca in it. If you’ve never used alpaca, you can see from the closeup photos at Webs HERE that it’s got little “hairs”. I tried to pick them out once while I was knitting. It can be done, of course, but I eventually grew to accept them. 🙂

Pick up your free knit pattern download in Kathy’s Ravelry Store HERE.

Catch up with Kathy on her Ravelry page HERE and her website HERE.

Enjoy!



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