Knitting Pattern: Smart Bitches Lacy Cowl

Once again I’m here to assist you in your last minute Giftmas crafting.

I spent a lot of time in the car over the long holiday weekend–a lot of time. Luckily I had this project to keep my busy. It’s simple enough that you don’t have to count or look at a chart or pattern, so it’s perfect for knitting in the car. Plus it’s mindless enough that you can still reach behind you to swat at kids or shout “Do NOT make me turn this car around!”

Things you will need:

size 17 knitting needles

1 skein of Noro Silk Garden

1 skein of Knit Picks Aloft Super Kid Mohair (Rowan Kidsilk Haze or Debbie Bliss Angel also works but is more expensive).

a tapestry needle for seaming

Note: You get more yardage from the Aloft than from the Noro, so you actually have enough mohair for two colors. It might make sense to buy two skeins of Noro for every skein of Aloft.

Also note: I am not at all enabling yarn-buying behavior.

Note #3: For my cowl I used Aloft color Oatmeal and Noro Silk Garden #349 Burnt Orange, Greys, Wine and Taupe.

Instructions

1. Holding one strand of Aloft and one of the Noro together, cast on 20 stitches (more or less, depending on how wide you want your cowl).

2. Knit every row until the yarn is nearly gone.

stop sign with collaborate and listen added to bottom3. Bind off, block and seam. Or stop, collaborate and listen. Whatever.

That’s it. That’s how easy this bad boy is.

Full disclosure, I did find this cowl to be a little itchy, so you may want to try hand washing it first. It wasn’t enough to keep me from wearing it though.

Have fun knitting, and as always, feel free to send us your pictures of your finished cowls. Here’s mine.

Elyse's lacy cowl on the snow


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  1. 1
    Mochabean says:

    you are totally enabling yarn buying behavior. And I am fine with that. This is perfect for the delicate and elvish in my life who might be overwhelmed by the chunky Outlander cowl. thank you!

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    Kate Pearce says:

    hmm can you offer a substitute for the mohair? I’m allergic to it. Otherwise this looks lovely. 🙂

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    Julie Brannagh says:

    I was hoping for another excuse to buy some of that Rasta yarn. I’m guessing the Noro is just as lovely…

    Uh-oh.

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    StarOpal says:

    This is lacking the key ingredient of a hot picture. How am I expected to craft under such conditions!

    (But it does look quite marvy)

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    thefairishgodmother says:

    Thank you for the knitting pattern! I decided to knit my Christmas presents this year, and it snowballed from immediate family to cousins and my sister’s inlaws, so I really need quick patterns to keep everyone happy!

    As for the yarn-buying-enabling, too late. I have already made a huge investment in Colinette yarns

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    I’ve had success using conditioner when I wash something scratchy to soften it up. Wool is, after all, just hair. It’s a lovely cowl!

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