Monday, March 9, 2015

knitting love {Irish Moss Stitch Cowl}

So, I started knitting another scarf the other day because it seemed like the cold weather would never go away. It was finally March, but the frigid air and the freezing rain were still blasting us each time we headed out the door. 

I had some really soft wool roving in my stash, so I decided that knitting up a cozy cowl would help me embrace the cold and ease my anger towards it, just a little.

This knit cowl is made using the Irish Moss stitch, which I really love. It has such great texture! I'll give some direction on how to work this stitch below, but if you need a little extra encouragement, this video is a great source with great instructions!

To make this cowl, you will cast on as many stitches as you need to achieve the height that you want (must be a multiple of 2). Then the scarf will be knit straight until you've achieved the width that you want. The two short ends are then sewn together to form the "tube." I actually only sewed about 3/4 of the length together because I liked how it looked, but that is totally optional!

1 skein Bernat Roving Yarn Knit, Low Tide
Size 15 knitting needles
Large eye sewing needle

Stitches/Abbreviations to know:
CO- cast on
K- knit
P- purl
BO- bind off

In Low Tide, CO 40 sts (or any multiple of 2).
Row 1: K1, P1
Row2: K1, P1
Row 3: P1, K1
Row 4: P1, K1
Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 20 inches long.
Switch to Squashed.
Continue following pattern until entire piece measures 28 inches, or desired length.
BO, leaving long tail for sewing.
Use long tail and large eye needle to sew two short edges together. Leave 6 inches not sewn at the bottom, if desired.

Another way to understand the Irish Moss stitch:

After working Row 1 (K1, P1), mark that side as your "Right Side." The other side will be the "Wrong Side."

On all "Wrong Side" rows you will knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.

On all "Right Side" rows you will purl the knit stitches and knit the purl stitches.

This Irish Moss stitch cowl is so warm and so soft. I love working with this type of roving yarn because it has such great squish and it really brings the texture of the stitch to life!

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