Our latest knit-along will be a seed stitch cowl. This is a free download on Ravelry please click on the link for the pattern. I chose this cowl from Ravelry by Jane Cochran for a few reasons. It continues to give practice to knit and purl stitches, but also allows you to practice alternating between the two. We also will be using circular needles. This will get you used to working in the round. You should also use a marker to make sure where your round starts. So 3 things, switching between stitches, circular needles, and markers.
Knitting is a series of the basics: cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, cast off. There are all types of variations to make unique patterns and looks. Increases, decreases, cables, and twist, but always the basics are our foundation. The only way to master this is by practicing and challenging yourself, which we will do through future knit-alongs.
I love a challenge, but I have learned that knitting and crochet are soothing, therefore I have some projects for relaxing and others for the challenge. I always have a baby blanket in the works, but I love to learn a new lace shawl pattern that keeps me completely engaged. I played the piano for years and what I loved about it was the finger gymnastics. The practicing a piece until I had it down. Knitting gives me that challenge, but I can relax and play the same old pieces I know by heart whenever I like.
What you need for this knit-along:
26″ circular knitting needles size 10 or size for gauge:
This cowl can be done as a scarf if you do not have circular needles. Instead of joining you will just turn at the end of the first row. Circular needles do take getting used to, but are quite convenient for round work. Be careful not to pull your stitches too tight because of the cord. You want to act as if it’s the same size as the needle. Just like anything else with practice they will become just as comfortable as straight needles.
Now gauge is helpful, but not necessary. So long as you’re close that’s fine. On flat pieces like blankets and scarves gauge is not that important. However, I think you should check your gauge just to get a feel for how you knit. Tight, meaning you will have more stitches per inch than if your stitches are loose. Loose stitches will give you less stitches per inch. Your gauge will change as you get more comfortable with your knitting. I recommend you make a 6″ x 6″ swatch in a worsted weight and measure your gauge. Then in a few months compare your gauge to this swatch. You may even notice when you start a project it’s tight in the beginning and looser by the end. It’s important to aim for consistency.
You can use any worsted or chunky yarn you like or have on hand. The pattern does recommend a soft yarn. I chose an alpaca blend. It is really soft and is a little furry. Super fun, but the idea here is to practice.
A marker can be as simple as a piece of different colored yarn. The stores sell them in different sizes and styles. I have used yarn or even a paperclip at times. Just something to let you know where the start of your row is.
Okay, now you have all the tools to make this cozy warm cowl. Use the videos from my previous post 6 Basics of Knitting Everyone Needs to Know this will help with casting on and binding off. I am also posting a video below from All Free Knitting on how to knit the seed stitch continental style. The seed stitch is just one knit, one purl across a row. The next row you knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches. Creating a bumpy feel resembling a seed. This is also referred to as a moss stitch.
I look forward to seeing your pictures and always if you have any questions or need any help please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my contact page. Please leave any comments you have or questions in the comment section. We can learn so much from each others questions.
Happy Knitting & Hug Your Snugglebugg!