Cinetico Cowl

Cinetico (Kinetic) is a fitted cowl. With its dynamic play of black and white it is reminiscent of Opt (or Kinetic) Art. The illusion of a curved zig-zag is obtained simply changing the place where to perform the decrease in a classical chevron pattern. So much movement added with this easy trick!

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 22” / [55 cm] circumference x 8” / [20 cm] tall

Size is easily customizable, either using different yarn weight and needle sizes or working more repeats.

  • Gauge: 16 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Garter stitch with MC

Materials

Yarn:

Light Weight Yarn Rowan Superfine Merino DK (100% Wool; 126 yards [115 meters]/50 grams): 145 Black (MC), 1 ball; 141 Polar (CC), 1 ball.

Needles: US size 6 (4 mm): circular or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: 3 markers; tapestry needle; four 0.75” [2 cm] buttons

Special Stitches

I-Cord

*K3 sts, do not turn the work, just slide the sts to the opposite end of the needle. Now the working yarn is at the “wrong” side of the row, knit next row, pulling the working yarn up the back of the piece; rep from * until desired length reached.

I-Cord BO

*Slide 3 sts to the other end of needle, k2, then k tog the rem st from I-cord and one picked up st from the body; rep from *.

Knitted (or Cable) Cast-On

Knit a stitch as you normally would, but do NOT slip the stitch from left needle. Place the newly formed stitch back on right needle back on left needle, without twisting it. Rep Steps 1-2 until the desired number of stitches reached.

For more information: Tutorial (here is called Cable Cast-On) and Video

Selvedge (or Selvage) Stitches

(On both the WS and RS) slip the first st purlwise with yarn in front, work in pattern, knit the last st tbl.

Cinetico Stitch

Row 1 (RS): With MC, m1, k6, sl1, k2tog, psso, k6, m1, k1 – 16 sts
Row 2 (WS): With MC, knit.
Row 3: With CC, m1, k5, sl1, k2tog, psso, k7, m1, k1.
Row 4: With CC, knit.
Row 5: With MC, m1, k4, sl1, k2tog, psso, k8, m1, k1.
Row 6: With MC, knit.
Row 7: With CC, m1, k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k9, m1, k1.
Row 8: With CC, knit.
Row 9: With MC, m1, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k10, m1, k1.
Row 10: With MC, knit.
Row 11: With CC, m1, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k10, m1, k1.
Row 12: With CC, knit.
Row 13: With MC, m1, k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k9, m1, k1.
Row 14: With MC, knit.
Row 15: With CC, m1, k4, sl1, k2tog, psso, k8, m1, k1.
Row 16: With CC, knit.
Row 17: With MC, m1, k5, sl1, k2tog, psso, k7, m1, k1.
Row 18: With MC, knit.
Row 19: With CC, m1, k6, sl1, k2tog, psso, k6, m1, k1.
Row 20: With CC, knit.
Row 21: With MC, m1, k7, sl1, k2tog, psso, k5, m1, k1.
Row 22: With MC, knit.
Row 23: With CC, m1, k8, sl1, k2tog, psso, k4, m1, k1.
Row 24: With CC, knit.
Row 25: With MC, m1, k9, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, m1, k1.
Row 26: With MC, knit.
Row 27: With CC, m1, k10, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, m1, k1.
Row 28: With CC, knit.
Row 29: With MC, m1, k10, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, m1, k1.
Row 30: With MC, knit.
Row 31: With CC, m1, k9, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, m1, k1.
Row 32: With CC, knit.
Row 33: With MC, m1, k8, sl1, k2tog, psso, k4, m1, k1.
Row 34: With MC, knit.
Row 35: With CC, m1, k7, sl1, k2tog, psso, k5, m1, k1.
Row 36: With CC, knit.

Rep Rows 1-36 for pattern.

Pattern Notes

Cinetico is worked sideways so to better display the pattern. When the piece measures enough to be worn around the neck (20” / [50 cm]), the cowl is closed with an I-cord bind-off, forming little loops at the top of each “wave”. On the other side of the cowl, matching buttons are sown along a diagonal line so to ensure that the top of the cowl is more fitted than the bottom.

Pattern

With MC and preferred cast-on method, CO 50 sts.

Next Row (WS): Knit.

Work 1 selvedge st, *1 repeat of Cinetico Pattern (16 sts), PM; rep from * twice more, work 1 selvedge st.

To obtain a cowl more or less deep, it’s possible to add another repeat of the pattern or to work one repeat less. Each repeat is (2.5” / [6.5 cm]) wide and is worked over 16 sts.

Continue as established until 4 repeats of the pattern have been worked (22” / [55 cm]).

I-Cord Border and Buttonholes

When the last repeat has been worked, change to MC and using Cable Cast-on method, CO 3 sts.

Loop

Knit 12 “free” I-Cord rows, then put the last st from the first “free” I-Cord row on left needle, passing through both legs of the st, slip the I-Cord sts on the other side of the needle, k2, k the last I-Cord st together with the picked up st, passing all its legs. This closes the loop and forms a buttonhole.

Work one I-Cord BO row on the selvedge st, *work one loop, k 16 I-Cord BO rows; rep from * twice more, ending with one loop, one I-Cord BO row on the last selvedge.

Finishing

Weave in ends. Wash and gently block the piece.

Sew buttons on the opposite side of the cowl along a diagonal, starting from the bottom edge and ending on the first row of the second repeat. This allows the cowl to seat more gently on the neck, being larger at the bottom/shoulder and tighter on the top/neck. Each button has to be placed along the lines formed by the separation between the Cinetico repeats so to correspond perfectly to the I-Cord “loops” worked as buttonholes.yarn ball

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