I love big needle knits. There's an aspect of instant gratification awesomeness, but more than anything, I love the look and feel of things knit with thicker yarn. Like this cowl - it's soft (and super squishy) and is thick enough to trap in the heat when it's cold. I know that after the brutal winter we had here in New Jersey, nobody really wants to be colder than anything their air conditioning allows, but since knitting knows no season, I'm sharing this pattern with you now rather than later! It's never too early to start knitting for the fall and winter, right?
I've named this the Shark Tooth Cowl because the ridges the stitch makes remind me of those Shark Tooth necklaces some people wear. After that popped into my head, I couldn't think of anything else!
The pattern is below. I'd love to know if you knit one, and as usual, let me know if you notice any errors or need help with anything. Happy knitting!
size 13 29” circular needles
2 colors bulky weight yarn, about 100 yards each
- Finished sample shown knit with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky in Eggplant (A) & Fisherman (B)
- Sample shown with instructions knit with Patons Classic Wool Roving in Pumpkin (A) & Lion Brand Alpine Wool in Vanilla (B)
k1b: knit into the stitch below (see instructions below)
Not important. This cowl is meant to be worn relatively loosely around the neck, so a slightly tighter or looser gauge doesn't quite matter.
- Instructions written in parentheses followed by an asterisk indicate that you should repeat that stitch combination until you've reached the end of your round.
- Important! When changing colors, make sure to wrap your new yarn under and then over your working yarn. This will prevent holes in your finished product.
With yarn A, cast on 70 stitches using the long-tail method & join in the round (be careful not to twist!)
Place marker to indicate the beginning of the round
round 1: knit
round 2: using B, knit
round 3: purl
round 4: using A, (k1 k1b)*
round 5: purl
round 6: using B, (k1b k1)*
round 7: purl
Repeat rounds 4-7 15 more times, then rounds 4 & 5 once more
next round: still using A, (k1b k1)*
next round: knit
Bind off all stitches using your preferred stretchy bind-off method & weave in all loose ends.
If you're not paying full attention, it's easy to forget if you should be knitting a stitch or knitting into the row below. Since this stitch pattern is killer to fix if you make a mistake, here's a tip:
In the photo to the left, my working yarn is orange. Notice that there is an orange "shark tooth" two rows below the next stitch. When this is the case - your working yarn matches the shark tooth below - that's when you knit into the stitch below.
But what does it mean to knit into the stitch below? The photo on the right shows where you are in your knitting when you hit a k1b. Again, my working yarn is orange. Place your needle underneath the ridge the purl stitches made on your previous round and into the stitch itself - not the yarn wrapped around the needle. After that, treat the stitch as a normal knit stitch.
Ta-da! You've just knit into the row below!
Enjoy! As always, please let me know if you see any errors or if you’re having trouble with the pattern. And if you make one, I’d love to see a photo. Email me at email@example.com, and let me know whether or not I can post it on this blog.
© Maggie McGuire, 2014
Feel free to make this cowl to give as a gift or to sell. If selling through an online retailer, please credit me as the designer.
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