Monday, 13 January 2014

Nectarine and Periwinkle Cowl

Well, it's that time again.  We are on the road and that leaves plenty of evenings free for
knitting/crochet whilst waiting for the sun to set.  Currently, we are in the Yarra Region of Victoria and loving every moment of it.  Well, nearly every moment.  The caravan park where we are staying leaves a bit to be desired but, as it is situated in God's own country, we can live with any short comings.

A long while ago I purchased some Louisa Harding Ondine in the nectarine shade. Nectarines happen to be my favourite fruit so it was really a no-brainer when it came to choosing colours.  So, as campers light their fires and bottles of wine and beer are opened, I find myself knitting and crocheting a cowl using this lovely fibre.

I decided on a crochet trim to start the cowl and then it's a change to knitting to finish it.  I discovered a marvellous crochet trim called 'periwinkle' and thought that the lovely flowers would be a great way to start this cowl.


2 balls Louisa Harding Ondine 'Nectarine'
1 x 3.5mm crochet hook
1 circular 3.5mm knitting needle

Periwinkle Crochet Trim

Chain 8 stitches and join using slip stitch.
Chain 1, single crochet into loop
**Chain 4
Triple crochet into loop but leave the last stitch on the crochet hook.
Repeat 2 more times (3 triple crochets in total).
Wrap yarn and take 4 stitches off at once.
Chain 4
Single crochet into loop.**
Repeat from ** to ** a further 4 times to have 5 petals.
Once you have 5 petals, chain 16
Slip stitch into the 8th chain from the end to create a loop. 
Chain 1
Single crochet into loop and then repeat from ** to **.

Continue until your periwinkle chain measures the desired length.  In this case, I have 13 periwinkles.

When you have finished, it's time to set up for the knitted part of the cowl.  
In the last periwinkle, single crochet 3 times into the top the the petal closest to the chain. Make sure that you crochet BOTH the petal and the chain together. (see diagram - picture 1).  This 'anchors' the petal to the base of the cowl and gives it some stability.

Then, single crochet twice along the chain between the petal you have just crocheted and the next one. 
Single crochet 3 times into the top of the petal of the next periwinkle (including the petal and the chain), single crochet into the middle of the loop that forms the middle of the periwinkle and then single crochet 3 times into the next petal (picture 3).  Continue until you have single crocheted 3 times into the last periwinkle.  Make sure that you crochet the petal and the chain together along the way.  
To join, single crochet 3 times into the petal of the first flower.  Single crochet into the middle of the petal.

Using the lovely chain edge that has been created by the single crochet, you will need to pick up and knit into each one.  (Picture 4)  Once you have finished picking up the stitches, place a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round and you are then ready to knit the remainder of the cowl.  There are 9 knitted stitches per periwinkle.  As I have done 13 flowers, I have 117 stitches for my cowl.

Knitting instructions for the Cowl

All rows:  P3, K6, repeat to end.

Make sure you check where your purl stitches are.  The purl stitches represent the stem of the flower so, depending on where you started your cast on, adjust the pattern so the the 3 purl stitches are either side and the middle stitch of the centre of your flower.
Once you have done this, continue until the cowl is about 2cm short of the desired width.

To give the bind off edge a bit of stability, I decided on a stylised leaf border.

Row 1: P5, K2 *P7, K2* repeat from * to * until the end of the row
(remember, depending on where you started your row when you picked up the stitches you will need to make sure that your Purl 3's are situated in the middle of the P7's on this row)
Row 2: Purl to end
Row 3: as row 1
Row 4: P4, K4 *P5 K4* repeat from * to * to the end of the row
Row 5:*P3 K6* repeat from * to * to the end of the row
Row 6 K1, P1 *K8, P1* repeat from * to * to the end of the row.

Bind off.  Make sure the bind off is not too tight as this is a small cowl.

Happy knitting,

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