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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Road-Trip Cowl

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Road-Trip Cowl
Road-Trip Cowl
Road-Trip Cowl
Road-Trip Cowl
Road-Trip Cowl
Road-Trip Cowl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round
  • knits, purls, increases and decreases

Pattern Description:

This is a perfect road-trip project: knit in the round so you don't have needles sticking into seat-mates; quick and easy knit withjust knits/purls and increases and decreases on a repetitive basis so you don't get too bored; and all done once you BO! I worked this up on a car-date home from the NC Mountains with dh driving and me knitting right along.

This cowl is worked completely in the round, from the top down. After the initial garter edging on the hood, you'll begin knit and purl "welts" while decreasing down to the neck.

From the ribbed neck, you will increase every other round (at the four corners) to increase for the shoulders. BO and you are done!

This took about 5 yards less than the full skein of Jarbo Garn Duo.


16sts x 20rnds = 4 inches in stockinette

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • hood opening: 27in around; hood to ribbed neck: 12in; shoulders - circum = 37in, length from neck rib to hem = 7in


  • approx 340 yards of bulky (sample used one skein of Jarbo Garn Duo)
  • stitch markers - 1 for beg of rnd; 8 ring (or 4 locking) stitch markers for shoulder increases
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends
  • US #10 circ - 16-inch and 24-inch (optional)

Suggested yarn:

340 yards of Bulky weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Jarbo Garn Duo