There’s got to be some of you out there like me, trying like mad to catch up on your KnitCrate FOs (finished objects)! We’ve been getting some big-time yardage lately, but it takes time to finish projects made with fingering weight yarns, right? This month we get a breather with a quick knit in squishy soft Knitologie Bouncy Worsted. “Bouncy” is an accurate adjective here, because this superwash merino totally springs back at you when you squeeze it. This colorway is “Dashboard.”
I wasn’t joking about a quick knit… go get your speedy US 10 needles! It’s because the included knitting pattern, Beach Ball Cowl by Virginia Sattler-Reimer, gets lacy with that worsted.
I love this pic, she looks ready for the sunset when the beach cools down.
Long Tail Cast-On without a Slip Knot
This cowl can be worn long or doubled. If you want to double it, I recommend you use the long tail cast-on, which in my opinion is the perfect combo of stretchy and not too loose.
Do you usually use a slip knot as your first stitch in long tail? Well, you absolutely don’t need to, and better yet – by not doing so you will get rid of the unsightly knot that never matches the rest of the stitches in your cast-on. (And for extra reference, here is my previous video showing you how to avoid a slip knot in Cable Cast-On).
Using Scrap Yarn to Avoid a Twisted Join
One way to avoid twisting your work when you join in the round is to simply delay joining until you’ve knitted enough rows to clearly see your knitting.. You then use your yarn tail to sew up the rows that weren’t done in the round.
However, if you have a stitch pattern that is written in-the-round like the Beach Ball Cowl stitch (i.e. no wrong side rows), you probably don’t want to bother converting the pattern for flat knitting.
I was playing around with using scrap yarn, a “lifeline” if you will, to mark the
bottom of the cast-on row and I think it’s pretty neat. This technique will especially be useful if you are casting-on a lot of stitches on a shorter needle – a disastrous recipe for causing a twisted join! Check it out:
The Beach Ball Cowl Stitch
The stitch pattern used in the Beach Ball Cowl is a 4 row repeat that uses a double decrease paired with yarnovers to keep the stitch count the same. In this video I show you how to do the stitch – but more importantly, I show you how to identify where you are in the pattern so that you can easily figure out what stitch comes next.
Until next time!
- Dayana Knits
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