I love One of a Kind’s beautifully coloured, squishily soft merino 1-ply yarns but never knew how to use them. Knitted or crocheted up there’s a risk the beautiful palette will turn into crushed colour vomit. The yarn in a way struggles to speak for itself when worked alone. (Though this isn’t always the case! Este of One of Kind has made some exquisite things.)
So when I saw the PurlBee’s Herringbone Cowl I knew straight away that firstly, this is a stitch I need in my life, and secondly I could make something magnificent by knitting the bright One of a Kind together with the squishy, gorgeously neutral African Expressions Enchanted. Enchanted is a merino, kid mohair, and superfine alpaca blend that makes a beautiful ecru DK yarn. At R95 for 100g, it is very well priced and is very high quality. The only issue I have with the yarn is that it tends to moult, but it has a lovely drape and feels very nice and soft against the neck.
I thought this beautiful, textured stitch was just so classy and I loved the idea of the colour striking through on the white with this striking pattern.
c/on-off – cast on-off
nd(s) – needle(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
k2tog – knit two together
k2tog tbl – knit two together through the back loop
YOU WILL NEED
- 2 x 100g African Expressions Enchanted (or any DK weight yarn)
- 1 x 100g One of a Kind merino 1-ply (or any lace weight yarn)
- 12mm needles with 80cm wire
- a replaceable jumbo stitch marker
Note: You will hold two strands throughout.
Set up the round: C/on 220 sts relatively loosely, to make your first round a little easier. Make sure your sts aren’t twisted, and join in the round. Slip the last st you c/on from the right nd to the left nd. The last st should now be next to the first st you c/on. Place a replaceable jumbo marker on the right hand needle.
Round 1: *K2tog, slipping first st off needle. Repeat * until there’s one st left.
To explain, k2tog and instead of slipping both sts you knitted together off the left hand needle, slip only the first of those off the needle, leaving the second st on the left hand needle.
Between round 1 and round 2: Remove the st marker and k2tog. Once again, slip the first st off the left hand nd. Place the st marker to the right of the first st on the right hand nd. You now have one st on the needle. Take it off and twist it around.
Round 2: *K2tog tbl, and slip the first st off the left hand needle. Repeat * until there’s one st left.
To explain, instead of knitting two together through the front of the sts as normal, knit two together through the back of the two sts. Slip the first st of the two knitted together off the left hand needle, keeping the second on the needle.
Between round 2 and round 1: Remove the st marker, and k2tog tbl, and slip the first st off as normal. Place the marker to the right of the first st on the right hand needle. There is one st on the needle, take it off and twist it around.
Continue these two rounds until the cowl is the desired width. I used roughly a ball and a half, but I would probably do it a bit thicker next time.
To cast off
You’re going to keep working in herringbone st (back to round one st pattern).
K2tog and slip the first st off the left nd (do this twice), then slip the first stitch over (like you would in a normal cast off).
*K2tog and slip the first st off, pass the first st over (casting off) until there are two sts left (one will be on the left hand needle, the other on the right hand needle). K the last st tbl, and pass the first st over. Cut the yarn, and finish as normal.
Weave in ends, and gently block.
My gorgeous model is my good friend Rachel. We’ve known each other since we were ten, and isn’t she quite fabulous!