The Oslo Cowl is a chunky wool piece designed to keep you warm for a Nordic winter-or at least a Canadian one! The yarn is 65% wool and 35% alpaca so it is super toasty. We used Drops Nepal and created a blue ombre pattern that reminded us of the ocean.
We found a cute pattern called Pebble Stitch from Wendy Bernard’s book Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary. I love Wendy’s books- she has a 3-book series called Custom Knits. Her designs are beautiful but my favourite aspect are her notes on adapting and customizing each piece. Her books taught me about tailoring designs and making them my own. Wendy has a sixth book coming out May 2018 called Japanese Stitches Unraveled– I already have it on pre-order.
Oslo Cowl and Free Pattern
- 4 skeins Drops Nepal (65% Wool, 35% Alpaca) – aran weight
- 1 hank each of 8783 Forget-Me-Not (C1), 8911 Sea Blue (C2), 8908 Aqua (C3), 100 Off white (C4)
- One 5mm/ US #8 circular needle (80 cm / 31.5″)
- 14 stitches = 10 cm / 4″ in pebble stitch
Finished width: 27 cm / 11″
Finished height: 19 cm / 7.5″
- Cast on 80 stitches in C1
- Join to work in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.
- Row 1-3: Knit
- Row 4: *K2tog; rep from * to end of row
- Rows 5: *P1 in horizontal bar before next st, p1; rep from * to end. (See graphic below showing the horizontal bar)
- Repeat rows 2-5 two more times in C1
- Switch to C2 and repeat rows 2 to 5 three times
- Switch to C3 and repeat rows 2 to 5 three times
- Switch to C4 and repeat rows 2 to 5 three times.
- Knit 4 rows.
- Bind off loosely in stockinette stitch.
- Weave in ends and block.