onsdag 11 december 2013

Sophie - cowl hoodie

knitted cowl - hoodie


This cowl is super easy to knit!
It's knitted back and forth, sewed into a tube and ready to wear in just a few hours. Use as a cowl  and/or a hoodie. 

Yarn: 100 g Drops Verdi
Needles: 6 mm
Gauge in "alpknitting": 10 cm = 4 "tops" with 3 "downs". 
(I'm sorry, but I don't know the proper word/term here for this technique so I'm using a mixed swedish-english term. Could it be some kind of a false fishermans rib?)

Finished size: 53 cm wide and 80 cm in diameter, nonstreched. Since you knit in "alpknitting" it gets very stretchy in width, therefore easy to pull up over you head.

It's not necessary to use Verdi or 6 mm. You can use whatever yarn you like, just adjust the needle size with the yarn you want to use and adjust the amount of stitches, but we'll get to that. 

I've done it like this:
Cast on 85 stitches. 
This becomes the width, top-down (head to neck). If you use different size of needles/ yarn or want to make a different size, you probably need to adjust the amount of cast on stitches. Just make sure you cast on uneven amount of stitches, otherwise the "alpknitting" simply doesn't work.

"Alpknitting" (all rows): *knit 2, purl 2* repeat *-* and end row by purling 1. 

You knit in "alpknitting" on every row, until your work measures 80 cm. This makes the width of the tube (diameter). Do you want tighter or wider just make it shorter or longer.

Stretchy cast off:
knit 2 stitches *put your left needle into these 2 stitches and knit 2 together, knit 1 stitch * repeat *-* until all stitches are cast off.
I suggest you follow the stitches on the last row and knit over knitted stitches, purl over purled stitches to make the cast off wavy and nice. All "together stitches" are knitted.

Does this make sense at all??

After the cast off you have a square.
Sew the edges together and fasten properly. 

Ready to use as a cowl and/or hoodie!  

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