On this page you’ll find technique tutorials that will help you make your own Snowdrop Cowl! I cover the following topics:
- Long-tail cast-on
- Joining to work in the round
- Pattern reading tips
- k2tog (knit 2 together) & YO (yarn-over)
I like using the thumb method of this type of cast-on – click here to view my tutorial page to learn more!
Joining to work in the round:
In Snowdrop, I have you join to work in the round after working 1 row (not immediately after joining to work in the round). I do this for 2 reasons: 1) I find that my stitches are less likely to twist if I’ve worked 1 row first 2) It works well for working Garter stitch in the round.
So after you cast-on, you won’t join – you’ll knit 1 row and then join. I work this same technique in my Azalea sweater and have a tutorial page all about it here. The only difference is that with Azalea there are a lot more stitches, so joining Snowdrop should be a lot easier 🙂
Pattern reading tips
Tip #1: The instructions in brackets is considered a sequence
Let me explain this by walking you through round 1. Round 1 says: “k1, *k5, [k2tog, YO] twice; rep from * to 1 st before side marker, k1, sm, k to end.” To start, you’ll first k1. Then you will k5, and then work the sequence of “k2tog, YO” 2 times (so k2tog, YO, k2tog, YO). Then it says to repeat from * to 1 stitch before side marker, so that means you will work “k5, k2tog, YO, k2tog, YO” until you are 1 stitch away from the side marker. Then you will k1, slip marker, and then just knit to end.
Tip #2: In round 18, you will be moving your marker placement
On round 18, you’ll be instructed to knit to 9 stitches before your side marker. At that point, you will unlock your detachable stitch marker from it’s current location and then place it on your right needle – so it will now be located 9 stitches to the right of where it was previously located. It may seem odd to do this, but this is how you keep the eyelet stitches going in the same diagonal position.
k2tog & YO
The eyelet stitches are created by working a k2tog followed by a YO. If you are new to these stitches, you can watch my tutorials below: