The Great Cowl KAL 2013 has now begun! I’m happy to present Wish I Was Weaving This Cowl, a very easy basket weave cowl, worked at a slightly looser gauge for a nice drape. The pattern include directions for a standard sized cowl (pictured), and an infinity cowl.
This is also a bit of a fun moment for me because I am debuting my new pattern template to you all. The template includes an abbreviation legend at the bottom of every page for easy reference, well-sized text for reading on digital devices, and consistent style across my patterns so you’ll be able to follow along with even the most advance patterns without difficulty. I hope you like it! I will be slowly re-releasing my previously published patterns in the new format over the coming months after they receive new photos, new tech editing, and a little bit more love.
This quick and easy basketweave cowl can be knit in nearly any yarn weight, and is suitable for beginning knitters. This cowl reminds me of my days spent weaving and continuously reminds me of my forgotten hobby. Worked in the round, the reversible stitch is easy to memorize or adapt to other yarn weights. Instructions are also given for an infinity cowl, which can be worn looped around your neck multiple times.
Remember to check your gauge! Knit a little loosely, the woven stitch motif doesn’t tug or squish up like many knit/purl motifs. If your gauge results in more stitches per inch/cm, I would recommend going up a needle to achieve the desired flat effect of the cowl shown.
Wooly Wonka Fibers Brigit Worsted (100% merino; 181 yards/166 meters per 100 grams), shown in Forest Primeval.
Approximately 170 yards/155 meters worsted weight required for cowl; 400/366 for infinity cowl.
Needles & Gauge
• US 8 (5.0mm) 16” circular needle
• 16 sts and 24 rows per 4 in/10 cm, stockinette.
1 stitch marker, darning needle.
Cowl: 20.5 in/52 cm circumference, 10.25 in/26 cm tall.
Infinity: 60 in/152 cm circumference, 6.75 in/17 cm tall.
The Great Cowl KAL Information
There are two patterns in The Great Cowl KAL this year: Wish I Was Weaving This Cowl (shown here) and Cove Cowl. Cowl Cove releases February 12, 2013 and is available for $6, or is free for participants who complete Wish I Was Weaving This Cowl and submit an FO photo by the due date.
February 10, 2013 at 8 p.m. CST.
For faster assistance from myself or Erin, use Zendesk. You can ask general KAL questions, or pattern-specific questions. The little “help” button on the left side of my website will help you create a Zendesk ticket.
Please do not post a question in the forums, blog comments, and submit a Zendesk ticket. We will respond as quickly as we can, duplicates only slow us down because we can’t easily keep track of who we helped and did not help yet. Send us a Zendesk ticket and Erin or I will reply as quickly as we can.
Using Zendesk (screenshot below)
Select “The Great Cowl KAL Questions” for general KAL questions. This includes how to submit, deadline info, etc.
Select “The Great Cowl KAL #1 Wish I Was Weaving” for questions specific to the pattern. This is only for technical pattern assistance.
How to submit your FO
- Go to Zendesk, or click the turquoise “Help” icon on the left hand side of this page.
- Enter your email address, name, and some sort of subject for the ticket.
- Select “The Great Cowl KAL FO Submission” for “What do you need help with?”
- Select “The Great Cowl KAL #1 Wish I Was Weaving” for “Do you need help with a pattern?”
- Enter your Ravelry name (if you don’t, I’ll just send the pattern to your email address instead).
- You can either send me a link to your Ravelry project page that has a photo **OR** you can attach a photo to the ticket.
- To send me to your Ravelry project page: put the link in the “Description” box and hit submit.
- To send me a photo: type something in the “Description” box and click “Attach file.” Select the image you want to send me and add it to the ticket. Hit submit.
Helpful screenshot for how to submit your FO: