Two-Color Mistake Rib Cowl
Not all mistakes are bad. In fact, some result in fascinating, lofty, and very beautiful stitch patterns! The so-called Mistake Rib is one such mistake, a case of misaligned knits and purls that creates a squishy-soft hand knit like this one, our Two-Color Mistake Rib Cowl.
Mistake Rib in one color is lovely, but add another, and you’re in the business off creating a herringbone textile so intricate looking you wouldn’t imagine that it’s a simple matter of knit 2, purl 2 and switching colors each round. Amazing!
And please, let’s make sure the knitting is as enjoyable as the wearing! One of our very favorite yarns, our Season Alpaca is a 100% super baby alpaca treat, ensuring that the time spent is a pleasure, not a chore!
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- Color A: 2 skeins of Purl Soho’s Season Alpaca, 100% super baby alpaca. Each skein is 218 yards; approximately 431 yards required. We used Stillwater Blue.
- Color B: 2 skeins of Season Alpaca. Approximately 431 yards required. We used Heirloom White.
- US 4 (3.5 mm), 40- or 47-inch circular needles
- A stitch marker
Unblocked: 34 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in mistake rib pattern
Blocked: 31 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches in mistake rib pattern
- Finished Circumference: Approximately 55 inches
- Finished Height: Approximately 10 inches
Mistake Rib in the round is worked over a multiple of 4 stitches.
With Color A, cast on 424 stitches. We used a Basic Long Tail Cast On.
Place a marker, and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.
Bottom Edge: One-Color Mistake Rib
Round 1: *K2, p2, repeat from * to end of round.
Round 2: P1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k2, p1.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 two more times.
Body: Two-Color Mistake Rib
NOTE: Join Color B the first time you work Round 2.
Round 1: With Color A, *k2, p2, repeat from * to end of round.
Round 2: With Color B, p1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k2, p1.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 9½ inches from cast-on edge, ending with Round 2.
Cut Color A.
Top Edge: One-Color Mistake Rib
With Color B, repeat Rounds 1 and 2 of One-Color Mistake Rib pattern three times.
Bind off in stitch pattern.
Weave in the ends and block as desired.