Catalina Cowl

The cowl features all the fun and exciting spring colors, but it’s knit to keep you warm! The mix of tassels and brioche stitches gives a fun, textural experience.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 14” long x 16” wide

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn:

Sweet Georgia Superwash DK (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 256 yards [234 meters]/115 grams): Watershed (C1, 1 ball), Beach House (C2, 1 ball), Cherry (C3, 1 ball), Candy floss (C4, 1 ball)

Lace weight yarnDMC 6 strand embroidery floss Group 13 (100% long staple Egyptian cotton; 8.7 yards [8 meters]): 3821 (C5, 3 balls), 613 (C6, 3 balls) for tassel

Needles: US Size 7 (4.5 mm) 16” straight, US Size 7 (4.5 mm) 16” circular

Notions: Markers, removable markers, tapestry needle, 1×1″ cardboard square

Abbreviations

BRK – Brioche knit

BRP – Brioche purl

Sl1yo – Slip 1 purlwise, yarn over

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round from the top down. The tassels are added after blocking.

Pattern

Stripe 1

With C1, CO 60 sts, join in the rnd, PM to note the start of rnd.
Rnd 1: K.
Rnd 2: P.

Rnd 3: (K1, kfb) to end of rnd. (90 sts)

Rnd 4: P.

Rnd 5: K.

Rnd 6: P.

Rnd 7: (K2, kfb) to end of rnd. (120 sts)

Rnds 8-14: Work in Garter st (knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd).

Rnd 15: (K2tog, yo) to end of rnd.

Rnd 16: K.

Stripe 2 (Brioche)

Rnd 1: In C3, (k1, sl1yo) to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: In C2, (sl1yo, brp) to end of rnd.

Rnd 3: In C3, (brk, sl1yo) to end of rnd.

Rnds 4-12: Rep Rnds 2-3, ending with Rnd 2.

Stripe 3

Rnd 1: In C1, (k1, k2tog the st and brioche yo st) to end of rnd. (120 sts)
Rnd 2: (K1, yo, k2tog, yo) to end of rnd. (160 sts)

Rnd 3-15: Work in Garter st.

Rnd 16: K.

Rnd 17: (K2tog, yo) to end of rnd.

Rnd 18: K.

Stripe 4 (Brioche)

Rnd 1: In C3, (k1, sl1yo) to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: In C5, (sl1yo, brp) to end of rnd.

Rnd 3: In C3, (brk, sl1yo) to end of rnd.

Rnds 4-12: Rep Rnds 2-3, ending with Rnd 2.

Stripe 5

Rnd 1: In C1, (k1, k2tog the st and brioche yo st) to end of rnd. (160 sts)
Rnd 2: (K2tog, yo) to end of rnd.

Rnd 3-15: Work in Garter st.

Rnd 16: K.

Rnd 17: [(K2tog, yo) 3 times, k1, yo] 22 times, k2tog, yo, (k2tog) twice. (180 sts)

Rnd 18: K.

Stripe 6 (Brioche)

Rnd 1: In C3, (k1, sl1yo) to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: In C2, (sl1yo, brp) to end of rnd.

Rnd 3: In C3, (brk, sl1yo) to end of rnd.

Rnds 4-12: Rep Rnds 2-3, ending with Rnd 2.

BO in a stretchy bind off method of your choice.

Tassels (make 36)

  1. Cut two 10” pieces of embroidery thread and one 1”x1” square of cardboard.
  2. Place one of your 10” pieces of thread along the top of the cardboard.
  3. Wrap a 3rd long piece of thread around the cardboard 15 times.
  4. Hold tight at the top between your fingers and cut the rounds of thread along the bottom of the cardboard piece.
  5. Take your 2nd 10” piece of thread and wrap it 3 times tightly about 1/3 of the way down from the top of your tassel.
  6. Tie that thread and using a tapestry needle, thread it into the middle of your tassel and trim the edges flush.
  7. Tie your original 10” piece of thread running through the top of the tassel.

Finishing

Weave in all ends and block to 14” long and 16” wide at the bottom.

Secure tassels along the yo rounds directly under the brioche, spacing evenly.

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