This project ticks two of my personal boxes - holding yarns together to create texture and very quick to knit! When we received Katia Atmosfera in the shop last month, I knew it needed to be knit into a light and lofty cowl; the brushed alpaca traps the warmth and is fluffy soft! But, because I like a bit of texture and structure, I decided to play with holding another strand. Katia Lagom was the perfect match - the chainette construction also makes this lightweight, and the heathered natural colors work perfectly with the colors of Atmosfera.
Now to find a stitch pattern...this easy spiral rib is perfect since it lets both yarns show, creates texture, and adds some structure. Don't get me wrong though, this cowl is still soft, cuddly and easy to wrap under your coat, so it's not too structured! I think you'll find a need for one in every color.
And yes, this is a super fast knit. I worked mine up in about 2 1/2 hours - at that rate, you should be able to make one for everyone on your list. Beginners will of course need a little more time, but this is a great project to practice your knits, purls and knitting in the round.
The pattern appears below, and if you are ordering an Atmosfera Kit, we'll include a print copy in your order too. Enjoy!
Cowl is knit in a knit 4 purl 4 pattern around, but is offset by one stitch each round to create the swirl design. You do not need a beginning of round marker. You can make the cowl shorter or longer by casting on a different number of stitches, but the number cast on should always be a multiple of 8 minus 1. Two strands of yarn are held together throughout the project, one of each of the yarns listed below. If making your cowl longer or wider, you may need extra yarn.
Katia Atmosfera, one 50 gram ball
Katia Lagom, one 50 gram ball
US size 13 needles, 24" circular (or size for gauge)
Gauge - you should have about 10.5-11 stitches over 4 inches knit in pattern after blocking. The knit fabric should be fairly loose, go up a needle size if you are a tight knitter.
Holding one strand of each yarn together, cast on 79 stitches with a longtail cast on. Join to work in the round. You do not need to place a marker.
(Knit 4, purl 4) repeat around until 10 inches tall, or you are almost out of yarn (save 10 yards for the bind off). You can begin your bind off at any point; bind off in the K4 P4 pattern.
Blocking will relax the cowl and allow the stitches to bloom. Give your cowl a quick bath, squeeze gently and lay flat to dry.
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