Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Strawberry Fields Forever Cowl

It's the first week of March and I am very pleased to announce I have an FO! After over a month of picking up and putting down (and picking up and putting down), I have finally finished my Strawberry Fields Forever Cowl! This is an original pattern that I improvised as I went along. I love how the tops and bottoms curl in slightly and how nicely this bunches when worn.

Gauge: (after blocking) 5 stockinette stitches = 1"; 7 rows = 1"

Piece Measurements: 14" x 12.25" at bottom of piece; 14" x 11" at top of piece

Even Beau wanted to be pictured with this cowl...

The Pattern: CO 114 stitches with size 8 DPNs and worsted weight yarn (you can use use this to determine your gauge if you change your needle/yarn size). I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

Row 1-6: With contrast color ("CC"-- brown in my case) join in the round and knit (this creates stockinette stitch).

NOTE: After this beginning portion, you will knit both MC and CC together at the beginning (and only at the beginning) of every round. This creates a faux seam (shown in picture 3 above) and is an easy way to carry the colors up the side of your piece so you never have to break the yarn!

Row 7-18: With both colors, knit the first stitch of the round. Continue to knit with only the main color ("MC"-- pink in my case).

Row 19-22: Start beginning of round by knitting both MC and CC together. Knit rest of rounds with CC.

Repeat rows 7-18 and rows 19-22 about 4 times (or for desired length).

At beginning of final MC portion *knit 10, K2tog*. Repeat this decrease every other round for 12 rounds.

NOTE: Decreases don't have to be exact, work as many of as few as you would like for desired top width (I went from 12.25" to 11").

Once your 12 rounds of MC are complete, drop MC and weave in ends. Knit with CC (do not create faux seam) for 6 rounds. BO loosely and weave in all ends. Block piece.

Ravelry page found here. Like this piece? Try it out for yourself and post photos below! :)


  1. The cowl is so, so, so, gorgeous!

    1. Thank you! It felt so good to finally finish it. Feel free to use the pattern if you want to try it out for yourself :)

  2. You have the cutest dog ever, no wonder there are so many photos of you hugging him, how could you resist hugging such a cutie! I love the cowl, it really suits you!

    1. Thank you! He is by far what I miss most while away at college :)

  3. Really great looking cowl, well done !

  4. Looking really good, the colours really suit you!

  5. Thank you all! Please try it out, I'd love to see your versions!


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