Cobbles Cowl Tips
Welcome to the Cobbles Cowl Tips page! On this page you’ll find tips and tutorials for all of the techniques used in the Cobbles Cowl pattern:
- Yarn Ideas
- Long tail cast-on
- Joining to work in the round
- Working the Cobbles Cowl stitch pattern
- Working with 2 colors (carrying the yarn up)
- Binding-off purlwise
Cobbles Cowl calls for Bulky-weight yarn – in my short sample featured above I used Malabrigo Mecha which is a great option! For the short version, you need 1 skein of each color. For the long version, featured below, you need 2 skeins of each color.
Gauge is not critical in this piece, but will effect the finished measurements if your gauge is off (but this isn’t a big deal with a cowl!). Below are some yarn ideas to give you some inspiration!
- Malabrigo Mecha (as shown in my sample).
- Ewe Ewe Yarns Baa Baa Bulky (I used this in my stitch pattern video demo below)
- Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Great
- Berroco Vintage Chunky, Ultra Alpaca Chunky, Ultra Wool Chunky or Mercado
- Cascade 128 Superwash or Baby Alpaca Chunky
Long Tail Cast-On
I like using the long tail cast-on for this piece – you can see the method I use for this cast-on in this video tutorial.
Joining to work in the round
If you are new to circular knitting, it may be helpful to watch a tutorial to see how to join to work in the round (and check to make sure your stitches aren’t twisted!). You can watch my tutorial here, or if you’d like to see how to join when you have a lot of stitches on the needle (so if you are making the long version of the Cobbles Cowl), this video may be helpful as well.
Working the Cobbles Cowl stitch pattern
The stitch pattern featured in this cowl is super simple – three of the four rounds are either just knit or purl. But one of the rounds (round 2) features the stitch pattern “YO, p2tog” (yarn-over, purl 2 together). I created the video tutorial below that will walk you through how to work this stitch and some other tips that may be helpful (such as carrying the yarn up):
Working with 2 colors (carrying the yarn up)
At the end of the above video I show you how I carry the yarn up, but if you would like a more in-depth video, you can watch my tutorial here – in this demo I am alternating hand-dyed yarns but the technique is similar when working 2 round stripes as in Cobbles Cowl.
If you’ve never bound-off stitches purlwise (i.e, as if to purl), then this video tutorial may be helpful for you!