Today we’re very excited to bring you both the chance to win a ticket to the upcoming Knitting & Stitching Show in London (details below) and a new free pattern using our beloved Misti Alpaca Chunky! It’s not hard to fall in love with Misti Chunky. Often times when customers first come to Loop, ready to squish some yarn, they get to the Misti and go, “Ooohhhhhh.” Yep, it’s usually considered the softest yarn in the shop so it’s very hard to give it a squish and then walk away from it empty-handed!
Misti comes in some pretty glorious colours too – we have solid and melange colours, as well as naturally dyed and hand-painted colourways, so there’s pretty much something for everyone who loves a good soft-soft-soft yarn – and who doesn’t!?
Our Lydia has come up with a super-simple, very quick pattern that’s great for knitters of all levels and perfect for both men and women. So take note: this will be your go-to Christmas gift knitting pattern! It uses just 2 skeins of Misti Chunky, either in one colour or two – we love the tartan-effect the fisherman’s rib stitch pattern gives when you use two colours.
Here are some of our favourite colour combinations we think would make beautiful cowls:
There’s a very simple trick for producing this thick, textured stitch, and talented Lydia has also made a beautiful illustration that reveals all!
So you just knit, knit, knit until you’re almost out of yarn, cast off, twist your big rectangle around, sew it up, and voila! You have a beautifully smushy cowl you can wear looped once or twice, for extra cosiness. Autumn is just around the corner, and this cowl only takes two or three evenings to complete – so no excuses for cold necks in the coming weeks! The full pattern details can be found below.
And now for the giveaway fun! We have tickets to the Knitting & Stitching Show up for grabs for three lucky blog readers! The show takes place in London at Alexandra Palace from the 10th to the 13th of October and is crammed full of knitting, crochet, exhibitions, workshops and everything an avid knitter could hope for. Loop will be there again this year and we’d love to see you! If you’d like the chance to win one of these tickets, leave us a comment on this post telling us which Loop yarn is your favourite! Leave your comment by Thursday 12 September, and we will choose the winners which we’ll announce next Friday. Good luck, and happy knitting!
Misti Chunky Cowl
by Lydia Gluck
This is a simple, but very effectively snuggly cowl which uses just two skeins of Misti Alpaca Chunky. Misti Alpaca Chunky is perfect for this cowl, it is super soft, and comes in fantastic colours, including handpaints, which would look amazing striped with a solid or melange. The pattern uses fishermans rib, which creates extra squishy ribbing, if you have never done fisherman’s rib before the only new technique is ‘knit one below’, you can see our tutorial for this stitch above.
Size: 89cm/35″ in circumference.
Green & Black/Grey – 471 Black-Grey Moulinette and 533 Linden Green (Contrast Colour)
Blue & Grey – 1979 Blue Danube (Main Colour) and 1060 Nickel (Contrast Colour)
Gauge: 8 sts and 11 rows = 10 cm / 4″ in fisherman’s rib pattern
Notes: This pattern is for a stripey cowl, where you change colour every other row. This way you do not need to break off the colours that are unused, they can just be picked up when needed again. For a neat edge, when changing colours carry the new colour to be used in front of the other colour when picking it up, making sure to not pick up the new colour too tightly. This pattern is written with a regular cast on and seamed, but if you want to you can do a provisional cast on and graft the ends together for a seamless look.
CC: contrast colour
MC: main colour
K1 below: knit one in the stitch in the row below the one on the needle
Using MC loosely cast on 28 sts
Next row: Purl all sts.
Row 1: Change to CC, [k1 below, p1] repeat until end of row.
Row 2: [K1 below, p1] repeat until end of row.
Row 3: Change to MC, [K1 below, p1] repeat until end of row.
Row 4: [K1 below, p1] repeat until end of row.
Repeat these 4 rows until piece measures approximately 89cm / 35”, or until you have just enough left to cast off and seam your cowl.
Cast off all sts loosely in pattern, and sew in ends. Before seaming half twist the cowl into a mobius, then using a darning needle seam the cast on and cast off ends together.