Life at The Little Grey Sheep
Heike has done it again! I love this stunning triangular shawl knitted in our Stein Fine Wool 4ply using a 100g skein and a mini skein pack. Inspired by "walks on balmy summer evenings through flowery meadows on the farm" it is a great summer knit.
Just the right size to throw over your shoulders in the evening or swizzle round your neck and snuggle up as the summer sun fades.
Heike has such a good eye for colour and her patterns are popular worldwide. A well known author her books include, The Little Book of Shawls, Eight cosy hugs for strong women, cowritten with Claudia Freiss.
I first published the Summertime Cowl pattern a couple of years ago. It has been a firm favourite of both mine and my customers ever since. However with the changing of our website last summer all of the blog posts got lost in the ether and I have been trying to get myself organised to republish it.
The idea behind it is that the cowl is light weight and warm. For a summers evening or chilly morning it is big enough to be wrapped double keeping your neck snuggly warm. When working on the farm it important to not have things loose that could catch in the machinery we use. The Summertime Cowl has been designed to be a practical length, so it can easily be tucked inside a jacket or doubled up.
Any amount of colours can be used, but I have used one of our 5 mini skein packs. There is a whole range of colours from fun and funky to a more sophisticated palette
GUAGE – 26 x 36 stitches on 3mm needles over 10cmx 10cm
MATERIALS – 2 x 20g skeins Stein Fine Wool Colour 1
1 x 20g skein Stein Fine Wool Colour 2
1 x 20g skein Stein Fine Wool Colour 3
1 3.5mm circular needles 29inch wire
FINISHED SIZE – 45cm x 26cm
The cowl is knitted in the round in Linen Stitch.
When working in the round, the right side of the fabric is always facing
Any number of rows as long as they are even may be used in any colours.
Linen stitch in the round
Worked over an even number of stitches.
Round 1: *K 1, slip 1 with yarn in front; Repeat from * around.
Round 2: *Slip 1 with yarn in front, K 1; Repeat from * around.
Work with colour 1 for two rows and colour 2 for two rows. Continue to
alternate colors every two rows. The two color pattern enhances the
woven effect. Cast on with colour 1 and go right to Row 2, then
switching to colour 2 for the next two rows. This keep the edge neat.
When changing yarn colour twist the new yarn around the last colour to
ensure that you do not create a hole in your fabric
Cast on loosely Using Colour 1( using long tail method) 240 stitches, join
in the round. Be careful when joining the stitches to make sure you have
not twisted the stitches.
Round 1 and 2: Colour 1
Round 3: Change to Colour 2 for two rounds
The next two rounds are in Colour 1
Repeat these 4 rounds four times
Next 2 rounds Colour 3.
Next 2 rounds: Colour 2
Next 2 rounds Colour 1
Next 2 rounds Colour 2
Continue those 4 rounds a further nine times
Change to using Colour 1 and Colour 3
Knit a further nine rounds with these two colours.
Knit the next four rounds with Colour 3 and Colour 2
Knit the next six rounds with Colour 1 and Colour 3
Cast off loosely and weave in any loose ends.
Gently block or steam, making sure to not put the iron in direct contact
with the fabric.
Hope you enjoy x