Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Free Pattern - Cha Cha Cowl

As you read in yesterday's post - I recently took part in a Handmade Holiday Swap with some friends. My person to knit for was my friend Jen - AKA ChaCha. I knew I wanted to knit her a cowl and decided to try designing my own. I found this cool barred knitting technique in a Barbara Walker book and took it from there.

I used the barred technique to create a kind of swirl pattern. The name was obvious - I had to name it after the recipient - and it became the Cha Cha Cowl.

I hope you enjoy knitting it as much as I did - I have already knit three of them!

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Cha Cha Cowl by Jody Scofield
Yarn: Valley Yarns Coltrain - about 100 yards
Needles: Size 7 Addi Turbos

Ravelry users - download pattern here

Non Ravelry Users - download pattern here

My lovely friend Coleen is modeling the cowl here - isn't she cute :)

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Sarah's sister Jen is modeling yet another version of the Cha Cha cowl. This time it was knit with a bulky weight yarn. I cast on only 84 stitches for this one instead of 102 for the worsted weight cowl. As long as you use a multiple of 6 - you can adjust the size as needed.

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This cowl is knit using Wool in the Woods Sophie - unfortunatley this yarn is discontinued, but it's very similar in weight to Malabrigo or Manos. I knit it on size 9's instead of 7's

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I also knit one with sock yarn held double. It's going to be a Christmas gift though - so no pictures yet! But I can say it looks really cool! I used a skein of Socks that Rock Lightweight and had just enough in one skein to knit the cowl.

I hope you like the new pattern!


Anonymous said...

I love it!
Cant wait to knit one for myself!

Rachel said...

Hi there--been reading and enjoying your blog for awhile now but am horrible at commenting. But saw your new design and simply had to stop by to comment how much I like it. It's beautiful...I'll be adding this to my queue for after the holidays!

calicodaisy said...

It's beautiful! Do you think a newbie can manage it? Well, I'm not SO new at K and P but have never really attempted a design before. -- Michele

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Stacey said...

I am SO making one of those! I love the texture of the stitch pattern!!!

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Knittymama said...

Like I'm not already cowl obsessed enough, you have to go and release another lovely cowl pattern into the universe. Thank you!

Jewel said...

I love it, what a great pattern. I love the pin also!

chacha said...

love love love love!

Of course, I may be a bit biased. :D