Friday, October 31, 2014
Cowl Scarf with Sleeves
I love large cowls, and love shrugs. I wondered if I could make a set of sleeves that could extend into a long scarf that when wrapped around the neck, created a beautiful cowl. So here it is.
Yarn : 500 grams (600meters) of worsted weight yarn. I used Diamond Luxury Collection - Llama Silk, but most yarns that are recommended on 5.5 mm needles should be good.
Gauge: 12 sts = 4 inches on 6mm needles *** after wet blocking*** please knit a swatch!!
Needles: 6mm double point needles (for flat knitting directions, skip to bottom of this blog entry)... and 6mm circular (for the flat knitting part.)
With double point needles, cast on 30 stitches. Work in stocking stitch after carefully joining, for 4 inches. Then increase every 6 rows at 2 points around the sleeve (you can use markers to track these spots) until you have 48 stitches on all the needles. Work even on 48 stitches in the round for two more inches.
Now change to circular needles and create a flat piece of fabric by knitting back and forth on all 48 stitches (stop knitting around ). Continue in stocking stitch (knit right side, purl wrong side) until 85 inches from start of sleeve.
With right side facing, knit back onto double point needles, and work 2 inches in the round. Place markers at 2 spots and decrease one stitch at each marker there and every 6 rows until you have 30 stitches again. Work 4 inches without decreasing and cast off all stitches loosely.
FLAT KNITTING for those who hate double points:
Same yarn and 6mm straight or circular needles.
Cast on 30 sts.
Work 4 inches in stocking stitch.
Increase one stitch at each end of needle here and every sixth row until 48 stitches.
Work even on 48 sts for 87 inches.
Decrease at each end of needle here, and every sixth row until 30 sts.
Work 4 more inches, then cast off loosely.
Sew 12 inches of sleeve at each end of long scarf.