Oct 022013

Tartania Cowl | The Knitting Vortex

Hail, Tartania! Who isn’t mad for plaid? This tartan cowl uses an easy non-stranded method to produce a graphic plaid. The horizontal colors are knit as stripes using one color at a time per row in a wide rib, then the vertical stripes are added at the end with a crochet hook in the purl columns; no crochet skills are needed – it’s as simple as picking up dropped stitches. Worked in the round in your choice of three colors, the possibilities are endless for this colorful and stylish accessory.

The Tartania Cowl is part of Hail, Tartania! an ebook collection which will also include matching hat and fingerless mitts, to be released throughout October 2013.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, and a chart for the plaid; a video tutorial is provided for the non-stranded plaid technique.

Size: 27” circumference and 10” height.

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein MC, 1 skein CC1, 1 skein CC2. Shown in MC Hollyhock, CC1 Cadmium and CC2 Tortuga, and using approximately 75, 15 and 25 grams respectively.

Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 24” circular needle or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (1); Size I/9 (5.5mm) crochet hook; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 16 st and 24 rows/4” in stockinette stitch on larger needle; 16 st and 32 rows/4” in garter stitch, after blocking. One plaid repeat of 12 st and 16 rows is 3” wide and 2.5” tall. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished cowl, and different yardage requirements.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.    

Tartania cowl folded | The Knitting Vortex  Tartania front | The Knitting Vortex  Tartania Cowl side | The Knitting Vortex