Garter Ridge Cowl
Our Garter Ridge Cowl celebrates the nature of knitting stripes in garter stitch, embracing the quirk that when you change colors, you create a two-color round of interlocking purl bumps. Whether you’re discovering this phenomenon for the first time or you know all about it, this knitting idiosyncrasy never grows old!
If you’re a beginner, garter stitch probably screams knit stitch to you, but when you work garter stitch in the round, you actually have to alternate rounds of knitting with rounds of purling. In this case, you also throw in some breaks in the action with brief sections of stockinette stitch, which, in the round, is just knitting. Kind of a head-scratcher, but there’s no better way to understand it than to just do it!
So, to get your garter stripes buzzing, you knit your cowl in rounds of knits and purls, first in thin stripes, then thick, then thin again. In the end, you get a cowl with stippled stripes humming around the outside and crisp stripes peeking out from the inside. The contrast they provide adds a lovely bit of drama to this simple knit.
Both classic and playful, this two-color knit is the perfect way to launch our six new colors of 100% merino Knitting Yarn, including this North Sea Blue that brings its nautical touch to our pairing.
Knitting Yarn is soft and sturdy, with a springy feel that‘s really fun to have on your needles. It knits into a smooth fabric with a crisp stitch definition… Very important for keeping all those contrast purl bumps tidy!
Find the pair that sings for you in Knitting Yarn’s palette of two dozen colors, and you’ll love knitting this garter beauty!
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- 2 (4) balls of Purl Soho’s Knitting Yarn, 100% merino wool. Each skein is approximately 219 yards/100 grams.
- Color A: 1 (2) ball(s); approximately 120 (315) yards required. We used the color North Sea.
- Color B: 1 (2) ball(s); approximately 110 (290) yards required. We used the color Heirloom White.
- US 7 (4.5 mm), 16- or 40-inch circular needles, depending on size you are making
- A stitch marker
18 stitches and 37 rounds = 4 inches in stitch pattern
Finished Dimensions: Approximately 22¼ (58) inches circumference x 10¼ inches tall
Sample: Our cowl is the Twice-Around size.
CARRYING UP YARN
For a few tips on knitting these stripes, visit our Stripes in the Round Tutorial! Just note that if you choose to work jogless stripes in this pattern, make sure to work them on knit rows only or they will affect the look of the reverse stockinette stripes.
With Color A, cast on 100 (261) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.
Place a stitch marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.
WORK THIN STRIPES
Rounds 1 and 2: With Color A, knit to end of round.
Round 3: With Color B, purl to end of round.
Rounds 4 and 5: With Color B, knit to end of round.
Round 6: With Color A, purl to end of round.
Repeat Rounds 1–6 four more times.
WORK THICK STRIPES
Rounds 1–3: With Color A, knit to end of round.
Round 4: With Color B, purl to end of round.
Rounds 5–7: With Color B, knit to end of round.
Round 8: With Color A, purl to end of round.
Repeat Rounds 1–8 three more times.
Next Round: With Color A, knit to end of round..
Work Thin Stripes section one more time.
Cut Color B.
Next Round: With Color A, knit to end of round.
Repeat last round.
Bind off loosely knitwise.
Weave in the ends and gently wet block.