OK, own up. Who was it? Who invoked that ancient curse, ‘May you live in interesting times’? Because if it was you, please understand that by this point some of us have had quite enough interestingness, thanks very much, and could really do with a bit of tedious, safe, predictable, stability. TIA, yeah?
In a week when my beautiful old nation might just hurl itself off a cliff whilst yelling about how fun it feels to be flying through the air, I’m struggling to concentrate on normal stuff. I have, however, designed a quick-and-simple cowl, ready for the big march in London this coming Saturday. (Are you going?) In case you’d like one too, I’ll share the pattern in a moment. You could whip one up in a couple of evenings if you’re a medium-to-speedy knitter.
The inspiration for this cowl was Dani Sunshine’s Unity jumper, but since I only discovered that pattern two days ago, there wasn’t really time to make one before the march. So this is my easy-peasy alternative, for those of us who aren’t very good at thinking and planning ahead.
It can be knitted at a friend’s house whilst her guinea pig eats your hair:-
It can be knitted whilst walking the long-suffering twinnage to school in the rain:-
And before you know it, your cowl is done, all ready for Saturday. Would you like the pattern? Yes, there’s a teeny bit of stranded work involved, but if that scares you (which it shouldn’t), then you could always knit the whole thing plain and then sew/embroider on twelve large gold stars afterwards.
So here goes.
- Dimensions when laid flat: 33cm wide by 27cm high.
- Yarn: Stylecraft* Special DK, one 100g ball of ‘Royal’, plus one 100g ball of ‘Sunshine’.
- Gauge: Lets not get too worked up about such things, but anything close to 22 sts / 30 rows per 10cm square will do the job nicely.
- Needles: 4mm circular needles, 60cm length.
- Notions: Stitch marker and darning needle.
- In blue yarn, cast on 132 stitches. Place marker and join in round, being careful not to twist.
- (K2, P2) around, slipping marker at end.
- Repeat above round a further eight times.
- Work nine rounds of stockinette (by knitting all stitches).
- Introduce yellow yarn and work the following chart from bottom to top. Each round comprises twelve repeats of the motif.
- 6. Cut yellow yarn. In blue, continue in knit-stitch until piece measures 23cm from cast-on. This is admittedly rather dull knitting, but will at least give you an opportunity to contemplate the all-round craziness of Brexit.
- 7. Work nine rounds of (K2, P2) rib.
- 8. Cast off in pattern. Cut blue yarn. Weave in ends.
And that’s done. Maybe see you at the march this Saturday?
* NB: Stylecraft Yarns holds no political views.