Thursday

[knitting] Post and Rail Cowl

Here's the cowl I made to go with the Undergrowth hat from yesterday:

Post and Rail Cowl


The yellows are a good match (considering the yarn is different companies) but the sage green came out a little gray in this cowl, but that's okay. They're close enough.

Pattern: Post and Rail Cowl

Yarn: Plymouth Suri Merino, 1 ball yellow, 1 ball green. Used nearly all of both.

Needles: US 8 (5mm)

Notes: There are a couple errors in this pattern.

1. Pattern says to cast on 106 st and k2p2 for a number of rounds. 106 isn't evenly divisible by 4. Make sure YOUR cast on is evenly divisible by 4.

2. Row 10 of the pattern says: K3, *Slip 1 with yarn in back, K5, repeat from * ending with K2

This is wrong and your vertical lines of slipped stitches will not be centered above/below one another.

Row 10 should read: K2, *Slip 1 with yarn in back, K5, repeat from * ending with K3

Let me try to chart this (you would be reading the chart rows from right to left). This is what you want.

---s-----s-----s-- (row 10) green
------------------ (row 9) yellow
s-----s-----s----- (row 8) green
------------------ (row 7) yellow
s-----s-----s----- (row 6) green
------------------ (row 5) yellow
s-----s-----s----- (row 4) green
------------------ (row 3) yellow
s-----s-----s----- (row 2) green
------------------ (row 1) yellow

As written, you would get:

--s-----s-----s--- (row 10) green
------------------ (row 9) yellow
s-----s-----s----- (row 8) green
------------------ (row 7) yellow
s-----s-----s----- (row 6) green

The slipped stitches for row 10 aren't centered above the slipped stitches of row 8.

Also, guess what? This is pattern is a 6-stitch repeat. Guess what number isn't divisible by 6? 106.

So, make sure your cast on is divisible by both 4 and 6. Unless you want to fudge it a bit and do some increasing or decreasing from the ribbed edges to the main body.

Post and Rail Cowl


Since I was using worsted-weight yarn, I cast on and worked 120 stitches. If you were to use a chunkier weight of yarn, you might want to cast on something like 108. For dk or fingering weight, maybe try 134. Just use multiples of 12.

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