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Road-Trip Cowl


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knitting in the round knits, purls, increases and decreases GAUGE 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 SUGGESTED YARN 340 yards of Bulky weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Jarbo Garn Duo COLORWAY Cream

Recommended with this pattern

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

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By Hand, With Heart
By Hand, With Heart
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 yarns back then. Knitting and designing were my constant activities throughout undergrad, grad school and family life until, in 1997, I finally went professional and established By Hand, With Heart ... traditional hand-knit designs with a modern twist. I now create designs for various knitwear outlets (including published designs in Knitters, INKnitters, Cast On), custom knit original designs, and self-publish my own patterns . I maintain a website ( where I discuss my work, my finds (reviewing books and supplies) and suggestions for teaching everyone this age-old art. I particularly love teaching all aspects of knitting ... from beginner to expert, from learning to read charts to designing your own. On most Saturdays, you can find me working at my LYS, Dog House Yarns in Culpeper. I am the exclusive designer for the cashmere-farm, Spring Gate Farm, located in Barboursville, VA. I earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) in 1988 and a BA in Print Journalism from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington) in 1983. I continue with my knitting education by attending seminars, voraciously reading all knitting books, magazines, and websites, and constantly honing my practical knitting skills. I was an active member of the Association of Knitwear Designers (which shut down, unfortunately). I am married, have 5 children (10 to 23 yrs) and keep busy homeschooling, working on the computer, writing articles, and knitting, knitting, knitting in rural Virginia. In 2008, a book I wrote was published "Great Yarns for the Close-Knit Family: over two dozen hand-knit designs inspired by a dozen fantastic family read-alouds"; a year later, another book I wrote hit the bookstores, "In His Image: Nurturing Creativity in the Heart of Your Home" (both are available on Amazon and other book outlets)..