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Storyteller Cowl - Free Pattern


During the summer of 2018, I had the pleasure of test knitting the Storyteller Hat pattern for Lindsey Faciane, the designer behind The Chesapeake Needle. It was my first time test knitting anything, and I was thrilled to be allowed this privilege as a budding knitter. I enjoyed making the hat so much that I decided to find another way to use the stitch pattern used in that design. The result is the Storyteller Cowl, named after the hat which inspired it.


Below is the pattern, which I am posting here as a free pattern. Much thanks is due to Lindsey for inspiring this design.

Storyteller Cowl


Yarn

2 skeins Kenyarn DK in colorway “Desert Highway” or approximately 370 yards of another DK weight yarn. (Note that yardage listed is for a cowl that is 12.5” deep and that more yardage will be required if you prefer to knit a deeper cowl.)


Needles

US #7 – 4.5mm 24” circular knitting needles


Notions

one stitch marker


Gauge

19 sts x 19 rows = 4” in Mock Honeycomb stitch


Finished Measurements

Approximately 12.5” deep and 30” around


Pattern abbreviations

k = Knit

p = Purl

st/sts = stitch/stitches

sl = slip (Unless otherwise indicated, all slipped stitches are slipped purlwise.)

k1tbl = knit 1 through the back loop

wyif = with yarn in front

Instructions

Cast on 192 sts (or another multiple of 4, if you wish to make the cowl larger or smaller), using long-tail cast on. Place marker.

Join to work in the round, making sure that your sts aren’t twisted.

BOTTOM RIBBED BORDER

Round 1: *k1tbl, p1, repeat from * to end of round, sl marker.

Rounds 2-8: repeat round 1.

BODY OF COWL

Round 1: knit to end of round, sl marker.

Round 2: *sl3 wyif, k1, repeat from * to end of round, sl marker.

Round 3: k to end of round, sl marker.

Rounds 4 & 5: repeat rounds 2 & 3.

Round 6: k1, *pick up the two strands of yarn that were passed in front of your work from rounds 2 & 4 and place on left needle, knit these two strands together with next stitch, k3, repeat from * until 2 sts remain, k2, sl marker.

Round 7: knit to end of round, sl marker.

Round 8: k2, *sl3 wyif, k1, repeat from * until 2 sts remain in round, sl 2 wyif, sl marker, sl 1 wyif.

Rounds 9: knit to the end of the round, sl marker.

Rounds 10 & 11: repeat rounds 8 & 9.

Round 12: *k3, pick up the two strands of yarn that were passed in front of your work from rounds 8 & 10 and place on left needle, knit these two strands together with next stitch, repeat from * to end of round, sl marker.

Repeat rounds 1-12 seven times more or until your cowl is as long as you want it to be*.

*(Note: you will need more yarn than is listed in the materials portion of the pattern if you intend to make a longer cowl.)

TOP RIBBED BORDER

Round 1: *k1tbl, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 2-8: repeat round 1.

FINISHING

Bind off. Weave in all loose ends. Block to finished measurements.

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