Some of you may know that while I currently reside here in LA, I was born and raised in Michigan. Home of freezing winters and snowstorms galore. I then moved to Chicago, which also has its fair share of blizzards and frost, and then I finally wised up and moved to the West coast where sunshine abounds.
That being said, you'd think that a midwestern girl like me wouldn't be getting cold here in LA when it drops below 70. I've completely lost my edge, I get cold so easily now. It doesn't help that our apartment doesn't even have heat yet! Ryan and I were going to try to make it through the LA "winter" without having to turn on our gas (so we can have heat), but we finally caved and the gas man is making his way out to turn on our gas....in another 2 weeks!?! So, until then, we will be under mountains of blankets and thinking of warm places. And just so you don't think I'm completely crazy and can't hack the cold, it's been crazy cold for LA this past week - Ryan even had frost on his car last week!?
All that to say that I have been knitting like crazy. Because I knit when I'm cold. And I came up with my own pattern for an LA "winter" cowl. And I want to share the said pattern with everyone and anyone who wants to make their own.
You will need:
size 13 circular needles
1 skein worsted weight yarn (I used a nylon/acrylic blend)
Cast on 165 stitches* (no gauge for this pattern, it doesn't really matter)
Row 1: Work in knit stitch for first 4 rows (4)
Row 5: Purl 3 rows (7)
Rows 8-28: Repeat rows 1-7, 3 times
Row 29: Knit last 3 rows. Cast off.
*Be very careful not to twist your stitches when connecting them on the circular needles. I may or may not have worked 24 rows before realizing mine were twisted. Oops.
Because it is knit on such large needles, you can wrap it around up to 3 times.
Wear your new cowl, or give as a gift!