Gathered up around your neck or draped around your shoulders, the Converging Lines Cowl adds not only form and function to your wardrobe, but a bit of panache, too!
It may look complex, but this piece is a case of the sum being greater than its parts. The “converging lines” are nothing more than a once-a-round strategically placed knitting 2 together. Knitting flat for the split at the bottom, you then join into the round and gradually decrease your way to the top. Simple!
We credit our beautiful Season Alpaca for the lovely drape of this extra-warm and cozy cowl. It’s heavy enough to ward off drafts, yet light enough to layer under (or over!) your coat.
A clever way to keep warm without adding bulky layers, our Converging Lines Cowl is certainly practical… But super pretty, too!
Designed for Purl Soho by Joelle Hoverson.
- 3 skeins of Purl Soho’s Season Alpaca, 100% baby alpaca. Each skein is 218 yards; approximately 625 yards required. We made one cowl in Heirloom White and one in Dove Gray.
- US 5, 24-inch circular needles
- US 5, 16-inch circular needles
Unblocked: 40 stitches x 28 rows/ rounds = 4 inches in 2 x 2 rib, unstretched
Blocked: 37 stitches x 30 rows/ rounds = 4 inches in 2 x 2 rib, unstretched
Finished width at bottom, from one side of split to other, unstretched
- Unblocked: 28 inches
- Blocked: 30 inches
Finished circumference at top, unstretched
- Unblocked: 18 inches
- Blocked: 20 inches
Finished height from bottom to top, unstretched
- Unblocked: 17 1/2 inches
- Blocked: 16 1/2 inches
With longer needles and using a Long Tail Cast On, cast on 280 stitches.
Working back and forth in rows, turning the work between each row…
Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front (wyif), *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p2, slip 1 purlwise wyif.
Row 2 (right side): K3, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, p2, k3.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 4 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 1.
Next Row (right side): K3, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, p2, k1, k2tog. [279 stitches]
Now working in the round…
Next Round: With right side facing you, join into the round with a k2tog, place marker, k1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, p2, k1, k2tog. [277 stitches]
Decrease Round: Work in established pattern, knitting the knits and purling the purls as they appear, to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [1 stitch decreased]
Repeat the Decrease Round every round until 177 stitches remain, switching to the 16-inch needles when necessary.
Bind off in stitch pattern.
Weave in ends and block if desired!