Free Pattern - Oliver-Walking Cowl

Free Pattern - Oliver-Walking Cowl

Now that temperatures are dropping, Babs has been searching for the perfect cowl to wear when walking Oliver, and she's almost there!

First, here's Oliver. He's a good boy! He likes to go to the park after Babs gets home from work.

Oliver, a black Lab


The cowl is simple and uses Sojourn Sport. It's great for combining leftovers or partial skeins.

On her first attempt, Babs used two colors and striped when she felt like it. She used about 245 yards total, evenly split between the two colors. (Although if you have more of one than the other you could stripe unevenly!) 

With US Size 4 needles cast on 140 stitches. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. 
Work 6 rounds of 2x2 ribbing, then work in stockinette stitch until it is almost tall enough, striping as the spirit moves you. Finish with 6 rounds of 2x2 ribbing. 
Bind off in pattern.

The cowl is about 10"x22", but wasn't quite right, so she found four partial skeins of Sojourn Sport and tried again.

This time she used a US size 5 needle and worked 16 rows in each color (the first and last color have 6 rows in rib and 10 in stockinette.) The total yardage on this cowl is about 224 yds, and the finished size is 9 1/2" x 24". 

Since she prefers the fabric on the second cowl but the dimensions of the first, she's going to cast on for a third cowl using a US size 5 needle but only casting on 120 stitches. Hopefully this will turn out perfectly, and she'll be able to wear the perfect cowl when walking her dog for the rest of the winter!



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