Monday, 6 September 2010

Loopy Cowl Is Loopy. The pattern

I made a cowl.
I know you can see where the bedroom needs painting. I'm decorating. I'm doing it
And now I want to share the pattern with you. And before you think, gosh I don’t need a pattern for that it looks easy, well yes it is quite easy but I am going to save you the trouble of working out how many stitches to cast on, because I had to start this three times before it came out cowl-sized. My first attempt would have looked a bit generous on Shrek (although I think it would have suited him, because he’s normally way too conservative with colour).
I feel any caption to a photo such as this is necessarily redundant
Before we start, though, this is how you do loop stitch:

For loop stitch:

Knit next stitch but don’t slip it off the needle. Take the yarn around to the front of the work and loop it round the thumb of your left hand, then take it to the back again, knit the same stitch again and slip it off the needle. Transfer the last two stitches knitted (i.e. the two that came from the one loop stitch) back onto the left hand needle, then knit them both together through the back. Voilà! Loop stitch!

And now for the pattern:

I used almost 2 balls of Sirdar Click Chunky, so about 140m, but you could use any chunky-ish yarn (because, drum roll, gauge isn’t critical for this project!). I knitted it on a 6.5mm circular needle which was about 17” tip to tip and didn’t need to magic loop, which was useful as I wouldn’t have had a clue how to do it. If you do, though, feel free ;-).

CO 54 stitches (pattern works with any even number). CO with a flexible cast on (I always just do the knit cast on. Yeah yeah, I know, throw me out of the Sorority Of Knitters. I don't swatch, either).
Join for working in round, and place marker for start of round. 54 stitches gives you a cowl which is about 19”-20” circumference.

K 2 rows.

Begin pattern repeat:

Row 1: Loop 1, K 1, repeat to end.
Row 2: K.
Row 3: K 1, Loop 1, repeat to end.
Row 4: K.

Keep going until your patience or your yarn runs out, ending either with Row 2 or Row 4 (it doesn’t make any difference which). I managed 7.5 repeats which made my cowl about 8” high, which seems a perfectly reasonable size.

Cast off VERY LOOSELY – there aren’t that many stitches so if you cast off tightly you might not be able to get it over your head, and that would be a bit tragic.

Weave in ends. Prepare for ‘what on earth are you wearing?’ comments. Wear your Loopy Cowl Is Loopy with pride.
Why, yes. It really is that colour
Hope you enjoy. Let me know if I’ve missed anything! Feel free to use Loopy Cowl is Loopy for whatever purposes you want - a link back to me would be good karma, but, apart from that, go forth, knit loopy things, my knitting friends. x

Edited to add photo of me wearing cowl like a sensible person, even though we have previously established my un-photo-genic-ness:
You would not wear it with a tshirt. You would wear it with a nice coat and you would relax your shoulders


Meirav Seifert said...

do you think you could take another picture with it scrunched down lower around your neck? Just curious to see how it would look :)

Susie said...

Hi Meirav, photo added, especially for you. Cowl modelling, it is hard ;-).

West/CJ said...

That looks like A) wicked fun knitting, and B) a fairly excellent disguise should you take up bank robbing.

Susie Jefferson said...

I love your captions. I love your sense of humour. I love the way you write, and I'm sending links to this post and the one above to a friend in the States who DOES knit (I don't although I can crochet a little. Only took me 8 months to knit a scarf on Very Large needles....)

She's going to love you!

Susie said...

Aah, thank you Susie! x

You know what loop stitch would work for? A Santa beard! For Christmas! But I couldn't be held responsible if anyone used it to rob a bank (because that is the wrong way to deconstruct capitalism).

Artygal/Lalheg said...

My mum must have made me something with loop stitch on it when I was a little girl as I'm now in a flash back to 1970s Christmases. I'll have to ask her what she made

Thanks for the happy memory!

katili said...

*snicker* This is both awesome and ridiculous at the same time. I love it! :D

mooncalf said...

I'm visiting your blog for the first time today and am already a big fan.

When I was a child my mother knit me woollen helmets using this stitch. The first, in yellow, made me look like a lion. Then my dad got her to knit a blue one so that I would look like Sam the American Eagle. Which I did. As I was mighty pissed off.

This was about 1985.

Anyway, I'm totally over it. Totally.


Susie said...

From the 70s and 80s craft books I have seen, the primary use of Loop Stitch was to embarrass small children (although I can't think of anything better than a lion helmet! It sounds great! Grrr! ;-) ).

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Anne Earley said...

Love the cowl and love the loopy stitch. I recently made a blue collar using the same technique for the first time. Very very proud of it and loved wearing it - seemed to remind me of something already in my life but what? Suddenly realised that it is a dead ringer for my bath mat, colour and all!

Still wearing ot with pride though!

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