New Pattern: Learn to Knit Cowl

We all learned how to knit at different times, for different reasons, and different ways. I had always known how to make a knit and a purl stitch, but never really thought much of it or had any interest in doing anything with those skills. The first time that I really considered knitting was part way through university. I headed to a knitting store in Toronto and suggested that I would like my first real knitting project. They handed me the pattern for a baby blanket from Stitch n Bitch and koigu fingering yarn to be held doubled. At 20, with no friends with babies and no interest myself and a very odd yarn pairing, the partially knit blanket sat in a dusty corner for a very very long time.

I then came back to knitting in the fall of 2010 when my sister suggested that it was no longer appropriate for her to be knitting me everything I wanted, and instead might want to start myself. She very intelligently started me on the Eternity Scarf by Michelle Wang (long before it was Brooklyn Tweed famous pattern) with Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino. The knitting bug stuck with this combination.

So it came time for me to design my own perfect learn to knit project. I built on what had worked for me with the Eternity Scarf and added the additional pieces that were missing. It is written with lots of information for new knitters and offers the opportunity to learn a skill that is often left out of easy patterns, reading charts. Plus, I decided to make it free. So enjoy the Learn to Knit Cowl, perfect regardless of whether you are learning to knit, or happen to be a seasoned veteran.

Designer: Carla Pletzer
Publisher: Georgian Bay Fibre Co.
Published: April 2014

Craft: Knitting
Pattern Category: Neck / Torso - Cowl
Demographic: Unisex / Adult
Sizes Available: One size fits most

Suggested Yarn:  Hennessy Aran
Colourway Shown: Natural
Yarn Weight: Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi)
Needle Size: US 8 - 5.0 mm 
Yardage: 280 - 400 yards (256 - 366 m)

Designer Notes

We all started knitting at some point. Some how we managed to push past the uninspiring beginner projects of either a garter stitch skinny scarf, cotton dishcloths, or in my case a fingering baby blanket when I was 19 years old with no baby in sight.

I wanted to write the perfect first knitting project, something that would inspire the new knitter to push through frustration to get the finished project and included all the steps for success. So whether you are a seasoned veteran knitter or have been longing to pick up the needles, this simple, engaging, and elegant cowl is the perfect place to start.

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