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Thursday, February 6, 2014

The 'Gather No Moss' Cowl

This seamless moss stitch cowl works up fast in a super-bulky weight yarn.  The cast on and bound off edges provide a fun hit of bright contrasting color.  Use the crochet cast on technique to make the two edges look identical. 

Wear your cowl in one loop for style, double-wrapped for warmth, or even triple-wrapped for polar vortex!

Skills Needed to Successfully Complete This Pattern:  crochet cast on, work in the round, knit, purl, bind off, weave in ends.

Circumference:  52”/132 cm
Height: 10½”/26.5 cm

Super buky weight yarn, approx. 260 m/ 284 yds MC and 22 m/24 yds CC
[Shown in Debbie Bliss Paloma (60% alpaca, 40% wool; 65 m/71 yds/50 g), 4 skeins #42011 teal (MC) and 1 skein #42026 lime (CC)]

US #15/4.5 mm circular needles, 24”/ mm or 32”/ mm, or size to match gauge
Size N/ mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle


10½ sts and 18 rows = 4"/ 10 cm in moss stitch


·         For the sample cowl, I used every inch of four main color skeins of Paloma.  I left minimal tails, joined the skeins with a Russian join (easily done due to hollow tube construction of yarn), and worked until I had only a short tail left. 


With contrast color, cast on 143 sts using the crochet cast on method.  Cut contrast color, and with main color, work one row knitting all stitches.  At end of row, join stitches into a round, being careful not to twist, and place marker to indicate beginning/end of round.

With main color, begin Moss Stitch Pattern: 

Moss Stitch Pattern (multiple of two stitches)
Round 1:  *K1, p1; repeat from *, ending with a k1. 
Round 2:  *K1, p1; repeat from *, ending with a k1.  (Same as Round 1.)
Round 3:  *P1, k1; repeat from *, ending with a p1. 
Round 4:  *P1, k1; repeat from *, ending with a p1.  (Same as Round 3.)
Continue working four rounds of moss stitch pattern until the cowl measures 10½” from cast on edge or you run out of yarn.

            Note:  if you want to use up all your MC yarn, don’t worry about stopping at the beginning/end of a round.  Just work until you have just enough to weave in your end.  It will not be noticeable that the last round is only a partial round.

With contrast color, bind off all stitches working them as knit stitches. 

Weave in ends.  Block to shape.

CC: contrast color
k: knit
MC: main color
p: purl

st(s): stitch(es)

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