Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Broken Ribs, But a Warm Neck

Finally! Some reprieve from the snow and harsh cold. Its sad when 24 F is considered warm. I'm still working on the Gloucester Baby Blanket, but I haven't made noticeable progress. Although I am almost finished skein #2. I haven't decided how wide I want to make it yet, and I should probably decide that soon. I know most baby blankets are squares, but I like more rectangular blankets to wrap myself up in. I don't know what babies like though, or if they even care for that matter. Anyway, the blanket is coming along, and hopefully it will be finished by the end of the weekend.

[FO] - Broken Ribbed Cowls 

Besides the blanket, I whipped up two cowls. This first was meant to be broken ribbed hat. After finishing the decreases, however, I didn't like how it looked scrunched at the top. I kept trying it on, pulling at parts of the hat to style it correctly, until finally I looked to Michael (the fiance) with puppy dog eyes and a sad pout, and said those dreaded words, "I have to frog this." Trying to cheer me up, he took the hat and pulled it over his face and said "But it's so warm!". That's when I decided to just rip out the decreases and bind off, turning the hat into a cowl or neckwarmer.

Michael and I having some fun "modeling" the cowl.
Michael really liked how it turned out, and actually wanted one for himself. He's not much of scarf guy, but I think the jarring windchill has changed his mind. So I made a second one, this time in a dark brown/black color. I used a bulky yarn for the beige cowl, and a worsted yarn held double for the brown one.
Michael wearing his new cowl/neckwarmer!

Here is the pattern I used:


  • 130 yds of bulky weight yarn (Ice Yarns Peru Bulky Alpaca)
  • US 10 (6.0mm) circular needles


3.25 stitches per 1 inch

Finished Size

  • Circumference: 22 inches 
  • Height: 9 inches 


CO 72 stitches. Join in round. Be careful not to twist stitches.

Round 1: *K1 P1* repeat * * until end of the round 
Round 2: K

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 9 inches or desired height. The last should be round 1. 
Loosely BO in K1, P1 ribbing.


Weave in ends and block as desired. Feel free to wear it with either the right side or the wrong side out, as it reversible!

Right side is shown at the top, and the wrong side is shown at the bottom.

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