Even if you haven't been watching Starz new series Outlander, you may still have caught sight of some of these chunky cowls making the rounds in the knitting community.
The show itself is based on a series of books by Diana Gabaldon that involves a 1940s woman that travels back in time to the 1740s. Its one part Historical Fiction, one part Romance, one part Sci-Fi with splashes of other genres mixed in. I won't give anything more than that away other than to tell you its a worthwhile watch and read.
The show's historical setting means that there's a wealth of hand-knitwear in every episode. So far we've seen Fingerless Gloves, Shrugs, Capelets, Cowls and more.
This super-bulky cowl premiered in episode 3: The Way Out, worn by our heroine, Claire.
It's a simple knit and while there are several patterns already floating about ravelry and the internet to inspire you, here is our take on this simple garter stitch cowl.
For the HCW version, we picked Debbie Bliss Winter Garden yarn in color 03-Bark. To get the incredibly bulky fabric its knit with 4 strands held together on US size 50 needles.
Note: The provisional cast-on and three-needle bind-off are worked with only 2 strands to keep the seam from being excessively bulky.
With 2 strands held together, provisionally cast on 20 sts.
Holding 4 strands together, work in garter stitch (knit every row) until you have about 3 times the width of the cowl remaining in yarn.
Pick up sts from your provisional cast on and holding the two ends together, use a third needle to bind off as follows:
With 2 strands of yarn held together, insert needle into the first stitch on both the front and back needle and knit them together. Repeat for the next stitches on the front and back needle. Pull the first stitch on the right hand needle over the second just as you would for a regular bind off. Continue this way until all sts are bound off.
Weave in ends and hope for some cold weather to show off you new cowl!
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