Those of you that follow the blog may recall that I have talked about a cowl that I designed for my husband. The plan was that he would model it and then I'd use his pictures for the pattern. My husband, I found, is not a willing model. So I bit the bullet, took pics of myself in it, and now am offering the pattern!
The cowl is knit in a basket stitch with super bulky yarn, making it a quick knit and fitting in with the trend toward bulky knits. "Aisley" means "Down in the ash glade," the colors remind me of the ash tree. I used my recycled wools, but have found that Rowan "Biggy Print" Yarn in Biscuit is pretty close to my final product (or you could choose any super bulky yarn and modify the pattern to your liking). The cowl is knit on size 13 needles and the ends joined with a mattress stitch. Easy Peasy!
The Aisley Cowl
Size 13 needles
Any super bulky yarn (6 stitches per inch) - To get similar results in color, use Rowan "Biggy Print" yarn in Biscuit.
Buy around 100 to 125 yards
Gauge doesn't matter so much!
Basket Weave Pattern
Row 1 (RS): Knit
Row 2: Perl
Row 3: *K1, P4, K1, rep from * to end of row
Row 4: *P1, K4, P1, rep from * to end of row
Row 5: as row 3
Row 6: as row 4
Row 7: K
Row 8: P
Row 9: *P2, K2, P2, rep from * to end of row
Row 10: *K2, P2, K2, rep from * to end of row
Row 11: As row 9
Row 12: As row 10
Rep these 12 rows
CO 30 stitches (cowl can be made taller or shorter by casting on in multiples of 6; remember, this is the height of the cowl on your neck.
Follow Basket Weave stitch pattern for approximately 24 inches, ending on row 12 of the pattern.
Bind off edge.
Join end to end using a mattress stitch. If done well, you shouldn't see where the join was made.
Hope you enjoy the pattern. Please feel free to leave comments or suggestions and let me know if you have any questions!
ADDENDUM: Aug 22, 2010 - Someone who remained Anonymous left a message that they had knitted the pattern and it didn't turn out like the swatch. Have you had this happen, too? I've knit this three times from my own pattern and it turned out okay, so let me know if you've had a similar experience.