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Monday, December 24, 2012

My Holiday Gift to You!

A quick and easy project, perfect for holiday knitting, this is my gift to you!

I have always been attracted to the muted, subtle colours of winter: all the variations on white, grey, and blue. Different shades of these colours are found in the St-Denis Yarn "Nordique". So it was little wonder that I put together these strains to create the "Moody Blues" cowl.

Skill Level: Easy

Finished Size:

Circumference at Neck: 58 cm./23 in.

Total Depth: 25 cm./10 in.


Yarn Requirements:

Light worsted weight yarn as follows:

Main Colour (MC): Fjord, 137 m./150 yds. 

Contrast Colour 1 (CC1): Blue Eggshell, 40 m./44 yds.

Contrast Colour 2 (CC2): Chalk Blue, 40 m./44 yds.

Contrast Colour 3 (CC3): Gray Card, 40 m./44 yds.  

The sample pictured is knit with St-Denis Yarn Nordique, 100% American wool, (137 m./150 yds. per 50 g, ball).


Gauge: 19 sts and 25 rows = 10 cm./ 4 in. square in Stockinette Stitch, after gentle blocking


Needles and Notions:

  • 4.5 mm. (US 7) needles
  • 4.5 mm. (US 7) circular needle, 24 in./60 cm. long
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holder (or a length of smooth yarn in a contrasting colour to serve the same purpose)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Crochet hook
  • Blocking wires (highly recommended) and pins


Beginning with a Provisional Cast-On, the Moody Blues cowl is worked sideways in two-row stripes, each sequence of colours building on the next. The two ends are grafted together to form a circle. Then stitches are picked up along both the neck and lower edges where several rounds of Reverse Stockinette Stitch create the rolled edges.




With MC and using a Provisional Cast-On of your choice and 4.5 mm. (US 7) needles, CO 43 sts.


Continuing with MC and WS facing, p one row.


Work two-row colour stripes in Stockinette Stitch as follows:

*With CC1, k 1 row. With CC1, p 1 row. With MC, k 1 row. With MC, p 1 row.  

Repeat from * 4 times in total.


Knitter's Tip:

As you change the Contrast Colours, cut the former one as you begin working with the next.

The yarn ends will be sewn into the Reverse Stockinette Stitch Edging, when knitting is complete, to hide them.


**With CC2, k 1 row. With CC2, p 1 row. With MC, k 1 row. With MC, p 1 row.   

Repeat from ** 4 times in total.


***With CC3, k 1 row. With CC3, p 1 row. With MC, k 1 row. With MC, p 1 row.   

Repeat from *** 4 times in total.


These 48 rows represent one full sequence.


Work the full 48-row sequence 2 times in total.

Work the full sequence one more time, omitting the last 2 rows. Place these 43 sts onto a stitch holder.

Do not cut yarn.


Return to the Provisional Cast-On. Using a crochet hook, unhook the waste yarn from each stitch. At the same time, secure each stitch as it is released onto a 4.5 mm. (US 7) needle. Align the needle so that the tip is facing the working yarn.


Replace the held sts onto a 4.5 mm. (US 7) needle, aligning it to match the other needle.


With MC and using the Kitchener Stitch, graft the last row to the CO row, creating an invisible join and forming a circle with the piece.




With MC, 4.5 mm. (US 7) circular needle, and with RS facing, pick up and k 108 sts along one edge of the cowl. Use the rate of picking up and knitting 3 sts for every 4 rows. Place marker for beginning of rnd.

P 7 rnds.


BO loosely purlwise.

Turn edging to the inside (WS of fabric) and whipstitch loosely into place.


Repeat edging for opposite edge.


Weave in any loose ends by hiding them in the tube formed by the Reverse Stockinette edging.

Block gently to finish the cowl.


Copyright 2012 
Ilga Leja                               All rights reserved.

This design is the property of Ilga Leja and Ilga Leja Handknit Design.

It may not be photocopied or reproduced in any form without permission of the author.

Garments made from this pattern may not be knitted for re-sale.  

Posted by Ilga Leja on 12/24 at 06:54 AM
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