Monday, 19 August 2013

Braided Cowl

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Everytime I go into my new craft room (which is quite a lot now that it has been set up) 5 skeins of Araucania Tepa keep calling out to me.   Something must be done with this gorgeous blend of Wool, mohair and silk.

I have had an idea in my head for a while now which I have been gently mulling over.  I wanted a cowl that looks like it has been braided. 

For this pattern, each braid is knitted separately but they are joined at intervals to keep some stability ... and just like that, the araucania has found it's way into my current knitting projects basket.


Materials 

1 pair 6.00mm knitting needles
1 size 6.00mm DPN to use as a cable needle.

3 skeins of Araucania Tepa. (Wool, mohair & silk - just lovely!)


I use Knit Pro knitting needles and they are ideal for this project.  The end of the needle is flexible and has a large 'end' to it.  This means that I can slide the braids that are not being worked on to either needle and the flexibility makes everything a little easier.  Normal needles or a circular needle will do the trick though.

Getting started

Abbreviations

C5F - Slip 5 stitches purlwise onto the cable needle and hold in the front of your work.  Knit 5 stitches from Left hand needle, Knit 5 from cable needle.

C5B - Slip 5 stitches purlwise onto the cable need and hold at the back of your work.  Knit 5 stitches from the left hand needle, Knit 5 from the cable needle.


Cast on 45 stitches.  Each braid is 15 stitches.


3 Separate braids
Row 1:  Knit 15.  Join second ball of yarn, Knit 15 with new yarn, Join 3rd ball of yarn, Knit 15 with new yarn.
Row 2:  (Slip 1, Purl 14) Repeat for each braid with separate yarn.
Row 3:  (C5F, Knit 5) Repeat for each braid with separate yarn
Row 4:  (Slip 1, Purl 14) Repeat for each braid with separate yarn
Row 5:  (Slip 1, Knit 14) Repeat for each braid with separate yarn
Row 6:  (Slip 1, Purl 14) Repeat for each braid with separate yarn
Row 7:  (Knit 5, C5B) Repeat for each braid with separate yarn.
Row 8:  (Slip 1, Purl 14) Repeat for each braid with separate yarn.

These 8 rows form the pattern.  

Repeat a further 3 times with the addition of Row 1 and 2.  The joining up begins with a row 3.

To join up

The braids are now joined.

To ensure that there is some strength to the join, the next 3 rows are knit as one (45 stitches).  The yarn from braid one is used and the remaining 2 balls of yarn are left at the back of the knitting.  Ensure that they are not left at the front.

Row 35:  Using only the yarn from braid 1, C5f, K5, repeat to end.  
Row 36:  Using the yarn from braid 1, slip1, purl to end
Row 37:  Using the yarn from braid 1, Slip 1, knit to end
Row 38:  Using the yarn from braid 1, Slip 1, purl to end.



To separate again



Continue the braiding pattern starting from Row 7.

ROW 39:  as row 7.  (Knit 5, C5b) change yarn for braid 2, (Knit 5, C5b) change yarn for braid 3.

Row 40: as row 8. Continue in the braiding pattern for  5 repeats of the pattern. (Rows 1 through to 40)

That's it.  Once it is the desired length, bind off, join and you are ready to go.  This is a very versatile pattern.  It can be made into an infinity scarf, a normal scarf or, with the addition of one or 2 more braids, a capelet.


Let's see what else is calling to me from my craft room.

Happy knitting,
Louise


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10 comments:

  1. Gret braided cowl!So smart way to braided!
    Well done!
    I like it so much!
    hugs

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  2. I'm going to try this... Excellent!

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  3. Beautiful...the pattern and the color! Thank you for sharing with us.
    Deb

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  4. Wow!! Wat mooi!!!!
    Deze ga ik onthouden!!

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  5. Stunning, your cowls are exceptional

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  6. Amei a idéia, vou executá - la

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  7. Amei a idéia, vou executá - la

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  9. This pattern is a beauty. I just have one questions. Being relatively new to cables on row 3 (C5f, Knit 5) what to I do with the other remaining 5 stitches? This may seem like an obvious answer, but boy am I stumped? Please send help. Thank you. Martha

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    1. Hello.
      Thank you for your interest in our pattern.
      C5F, Knit 5 amounts to 15 stitches. C5f, is - slip 5 stitches onto the cable needle and hold at the front of your work, then knit 5 stitches. Then knit the 5 stitches that you slipped at the beginning. This accounts for 10 stitches and there should be 5 left. Knit these remaining 5.

      I hope this helps you.

      Kind regards,
      Louise

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