This airy, but warm, project results in a dense but not-too-heavy fabric. Paired with a bright, bulky yarn and eye-catching buttons, you can have a fashionable button-up cowl completed in a weekend.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: 8 1/2″ tall and 31” wide when measured flat and unbuttoned
Gauge: 6 sts and 16 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in pattern st
Yarn: Lion Brand Yarns Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Metallics (79% acrylic, 20% wool, 1% metallic poly; 92 yards [84 meters]/140 grams): #306 Poinsettia (1 skein). NOTE: I used every yard of yarn that was in one skein – if you are a nervous knitter, buy two just in case!
Needles: US size 13 (9.0 mm) double pointed needles
Notions: 3 1 1/3” shank buttons, tapestry needle, sewing needle and thread to attach buttons
K1b: Knit 1 below – knit in next stitch by inserting your right needle tip in the stitch below the stitch on the left needle, finishing the stitch as usual by pushing the stitch off the left needle.
With long-tail cast-on, CO 47 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Row 1 (RS): K2, yo, ssk (buttonhole made), k1b, *k1, k1b. Rep from * until 4 sts remain, k4.
Row 2 and all remaining WS rows: Knit.
Row 3: K5,* k1b, k1. Rep from * until 4 sts remain, k4.
Row 5: K4, k1b, *k1, k1b. Rep from * until 4 sts remain, k4.
Rows 7-12: Rep Rows 3-6 once, then Rows 3-4 once more.
Rows 13-26: Rep Rows 1-12 once, then Rows 1-2 once more.
Rows 27-30: Knit.
Block if desired, but do not overblock or you will lose the springiness of the stitch pattern.
Weave in ends.
Sew each button in place opposite buttonhole.