Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,
I have the perfect quick holiday knit for you today. My new Double Garter Cowl is über-fast and fun. The stitch pattern is a double garter stitch, obviously, and if you haven’t done this one before you should really give it a whirl. The stitch is found on p.134 of Barbara Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. The way I learned how to do this stitch is through a video and if you’d like to make the cowl I highly suggest you go watch this clear demonstration of the double garter stitch.
After the preparation row, it is a one row repeat. The pattern is so easy that I am just going to tell you about it right here.
Finished measurements after blocking: 10-inches wide and about 50-inches in circumference (measurements will vary depending on how much or little the cowl is blocked and stretched because this is a very stretchy stitch pattern)
Yarn: 2 hanks of Spud & Chloë Outer , the sample is in Hedge #7210, (65% superwash wool, 35% organic cotton, 100 grams/60 yards)
Needles: US size 15
Gauge: 2 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
Using a provisional cast on (I did a video tutorial for this right here!), cast on 24 stitches.
Work in double garter stitch until your yarn nearly runs out, leaving a 15-inch end.
Double garter stitch:
Row 1: knit 1 stitch, then knit each stitch wrapping the yarn twice for every stitch
Row 2: k1 leaving the second loop on the needle, *knit the loop along with the first loop of the next stitch and wrapping twice, repeat from * across the row.
Repeat row 2.
When the yarn runs out or you have reached the desired length, kitchener stitch the ends together. Weave in the ends and block as desired. I gave my cowl a good steam and that’s it!
If the double garter stitch seems confusing when written out, please go watch the video. It will become crystal clear and it is not difficult. I promise.
Also, I know this is garter stitch but I used the regular old kitchener stitch to graft the ends and it looks fine.
I love this cowl. It can be worn wrapped once or twice around your neck. It has an interesting stitch pattern that looks the same on both sides. Best of all, it is fast, fast, fast which makes it the perfect gift knitting project.
Next up, that incredible sweater pattern and kit I told you about last time…..