I wanted to design a cowl for Doug that could be worn with a business suit. Doug does a lot of business travel; he needed a cowl which would be very lightweight but warm, which could be easily slipped into a briefcase or bag, and which would look both professional and classy. This cowl meets all of these requirements and has a subtle texture which looks great on both sides. Whether you travel business class or economy, you will look classy in this cowl!
Business Class Cowl by Kelly Sloan
Size: 47 x 9 inches, lightly blocked
Yarn: WOOLFOLK TYND, 100% wool, fingering weight, 2 skeins (cowl used approximately 420 yards). The cowl pictured used the shade 08 Darkest Bronze.
Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 24 x 40, in pattern, lightly blocked
Pattern stitch (knit in the round):
Rounds 1-3: *k2, p1* repeat to end
Round 4: purl all stitches
Cowl: Cast on 282 stitches and join in the round being careful not to twist stitches. Place marker at beginning of round. Begin pattern stitch. Repeat these four rounds of pattern until desired length, ending with a Round 3. Cast off in pattern.
Though any fingering weight wool would work, I highly recommend the WOOLFOLK TYND. It is incredibly soft, and is light and lofty. It is beautiful to work with and has wonderful drape.
Note: Although gauge is not crucial, the dimensions of the cowl will vary if your gauge differs from that stated.