WOL’s Owl Cowl

2016_07_13-01WOL’s Owl Cowl

Matches WOL’s Owl Hat

Materials:
2* Skeins Premier Yarns Deborah Norville “Serenity” Chunky, bulky:5, 109 yds/100m, 3.5 oz/100g, color shown is Dark Forest, which has been discontinued.
Needles US size 10(6.0 mm)
Cable needle
Optional — 16 buttons to use as owl eyes (eight owls)
Needle and thread to sew buttons on for owl eyes.

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch

Abbreviations:
C4F: slip two stitches onto cable needle and hold in front, k2, k2 from cable needle
C4B: slip two stitches onto cable needle and hold in back, k2,k2 from cable needle

Cast on 88
Rows 1-6: *K2, p2, repeat from * to end of row.
Rows 7-8: Knit.
Rows 9-11: *p3, k8, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 12: *p3, C4B, C4F, repeat from * to end of row.
Rows 13-19: *p3, k8, repeat from * to end of Row.
Row 20: *p3, C4B, C4F, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 21: *p3, k8, repeat from * to end of row.
Rows 22-23: *p3, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1. repeat from * to end of row.
Rows 24-25: *p3, k8, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 26: *p3, C4B, C4F, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 27: *p3, k8, repeat from * to end of row.
Rows 28-29: Knit.
Rows 30-36: *K2, p2, repeat from * to end of row.
Bind off knit stitches knitwise and purl stitches purlwise.

Note: The pattern as written makes a fairly small diameter cowl that will fit closely about the neck; however, the pattern can be easily modified if you like your cowls to have a wider diameter. For measuring purposes, figure approximately 3-3/4 inches (9 cm) per owl. The owl motifs are done in multiples of 11 stitches, but the 2×2 ribbing at the top and bottom requires the total number of stitches on a row to be evenly divisible by 2. So long as you have an even number of owls, just multiply the number of owls x 11 to get the cast on number (8 owls x11 = 88 stitches, 10 owls = 110 stitches, 12 owls = 132 stitches, etc.) and go with the pattern as written. However, if you want an odd number of owls, you’ll end up with an uneven number (7 owls at 77 stitches, 9 at 99, 11 at 121, etc.). Therefore, you’ll need to cast on one less than the total number of stitches you’ll need for the number of owls you want (number of owls x 11), then make 1 stitch (m1) on row 7 and do one k2tog on row 28. For example, for 9 owls, you would need 99 stitches (9×11). Cast on 98, work the bottom ribbing, make 1 stitch (m1) on row 7 for 99 stitches to work 9 owls, then do a single k2tog on row 28 to get back down to 98 stitches to work the top ribbing. Apart from those two modifications, work the rest of the pattern as written.

*If you’re a tight knitter, 1 skein would be just enough.

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