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Today’s free pattern is Mrs Pickles Practically Jogless Cowl, a fun-to-knit cowl with practically jogless stripes! Just follow the pattern to learn a simple technique for knitting stripes without the jog. Mrs. Pickles is a great stashbuster…use any worsted weight yarn. I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca for mine!
Mrs. Pickle’s Practically Jogless Cowl
A striped cowl for beginners
YARN: Worsted weight yarn, about 235 yards (106g), half in MC (Main Color) and half in CC (Contrast Color)
NEEDLES: 4.50mm circular needle with 24″ cable
GAUGE: 20 sts & 32 rows = 4″ / 10cm in Stockinette st.
TOOLS/NOTIONS: Tapestry needle, removable stitch markers
Twisted Rib: * k 1 through back loop (tbl), p1 * repeat to end of rnd
Using the Longtail method and MC, CO 130 sts (For a video tutorial on the Longtail Cast On, CLICK HERE). Join for working in the round. Work 7 rnds in Twisted Ribbing (see Special Stitches).
Begin 3-Round stripe sequence, starting with CC, working Jogless Stripes as follows:
To make jog-free stripes, knit the first stitch of a color change with the new and old color together. Knit the rest of the round with just the new color. When you get back around to the first stitch knit it (both colors together) with the new color. After working a few stitches with the new color, tug firmly on the old yarn until the stitches line up. (…not too tightly, now, or the first column of stitches will be too tight and short). Do this little tug while the stitch is still on the needle tip rather than the cable in order to maintain proper tension.
Continue working 3-Round stripes in this manner until work measures 10″ from cast on edge. Work 7 rnds in Twisted Ribbing. Bind off loosely and weave in ends. Wet block to dimensions.
Finished Dimensions: 26″ in diameter and 11″ tall.