Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Easy Cowl with Button (in round??)

I’d like to make something special for my sister’s upcoming birthday – I bought some very expensive and lovely Artyarn, beaded rhapsody (a mix of mohair, silk, and little crystal beads). I was hoping I could make it into a cowl, but am having trouble finding a pattern that will be easy enough for me to do and still suited to the yarn.

I can just do it all in stockinette, which does look nice with this yarn, but is kind of dull. Plus, lots of purling, which I do not love. (I could avoid the purling by doing it on circular needles, but she doesn’t like pulling things over her head, so I was hoping to do the kind of cowl you button instead – which I think means I have to use straight needles?).

So that’s my question – what would you suggest to make a buttoned cowl, in a very fancy yarn, that doesn’t involve a ton of purling, and which is simple enough for a relative beginner?

Help? (With crochet, I’d just make up a pattern, but I still don’t really know how to do that in knit.)

8 Comments:

Blogger JellyDonut said...

I don't know your skill level, but there's always good old garter stitch--knitting on both sides. Add some crystal buttons and you've got yourself a no-purl cowl.

7:56 PM  
Blogger georg said...

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tudora

I've seen it done and it's lovely.

4:28 AM  
Blogger Mary Anne Mohanraj said...

Tudora is really pretty, but I'm not sure it'll work in this delicate yarn...

JellyDonut, I did think of garter stitch, and I may end up falling back on that, but it's a little dull and I don't generally love the look of it.

I'm thinking I may try it in Wisp and just adapt the length to a cowl: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wisp

5:43 AM  
Blogger JellyDonut said...

You're right--garter stitch isn't very exciting. But when you want to showcase a yarn or let some jazzy buttons stand out, it can be pretty effective.

What about doing some sort of circular pattern, then steeking?

10:08 AM  
Blogger Mary Anne Mohanraj said...

I think I'm ending up in stockinette after all -- it just seems to show off the yarn best. Although alternating with some bits of the Wisp pattern to keep from getting bored. :-) Project so far:

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mohanraj/wisp

I don't know what 'steeking' is? Must go look up...

10:48 AM  
Blogger Mary Anne Mohanraj said...

Oh, I think steeking is exactly what I would have liked to do, if I'd known about it in advance. And had some practice with it -- this yarn is so expensive that I'd be nervous slicing into it unless I was absolutely positive that my piece wouldn't just unravel disastrously. But I'm going to practice steeking on some cheap yarn soon, since I think it'll make my life a lot easier!!!

10:51 AM  
Blogger kshotz said...

Have you discovered www.knittingpatterncentral.com yet? Thousands of free patterns, all categorized! Here are a couple I found on the cowl page:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTflora.html

http://sanguiknity.blogspot.com/2009/01/first-free-knitting-pattern-staggered.html

http://presentsknits.blogspot.com/2008/01/super-easy-super-pretty-neckwarmer.html

http://library.ravelry.com/litlnemo/800/whirlwind.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=1YZR91QYB6WCG3PM78G2&Expires=1233272248&Signature=pFbY8liHj2IX95oaEIiYocYVevE%3D

http://zakkalife.blogspot.com/2008/02/zakka-neck-warmer.html

Hope this helps!
Kim

6:08 PM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

That is gorgeous yarn! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

11:02 AM  

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