Rustic Earth Cowl Pattern and Drop Stitch Tutorial

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Here is the Rustic Earth Cowl ©, it’s wider than most of my other cowls and cozy and warm:) For this pattern I used a drop stitch technique and really found it to be quite a lot of fun. This beautiful yarn was handspun by dear daughter Jenna.

I thought I’d include a short tutorial here on the drop stitch.

Drop Stitch Tutorial

Place the right needle through the stitch on the left needle as if you are going to knit a regular garter stitch.

Drop Stitch Tutorial1

Instead of winding the yarn around the needle once, wind it 3 times. Then continue to knit the stitch and slide it off the needle. Try to push the stitches up on the right needle by keeping them all together, I find using my thumb nail really helps:)  The stitches can become very tight the on the needle because they have been wound, so try to just push them along together. Knit across the whole round like this.

Drop Stitch Tutorial2

When you reach the next round, this is when you will make the drop stitch. Knit into the first stitch and let 2 wound stitches simply slip off of the needle. You can see the dropped stitches on the right hand needle in the photo above. Stretch the work out nicely to make sure the stitches are even.

Rustic Earth Cowl 1

The dropped stitches

Rustic Cowl Pattern

Materials:

Double knitting yarn, I used handspun in a BFL silk  spun in dk weight, about +- 200 grams not sure of the yardage.

5mm circular needles

Sewing needle for the ends

Stitch marker

Measurements:

5o inches in circumference

7 inches high

Pattern:

Cast on 200 stitches

Round 1: Join for knitting in the round, place stitch marker, knit round.

Round 2: Drop stitch round. (Knit and wrap yarn around needle 3 times before taking the stitch off the needle.) Repeat across the round.

Round 3: Knit round and let the 2 loops slip off the needle after every knit stitch (the loops being the yarn that you wrapped round the needle 3 times in the previous round), creating the dropped stitch. Repeat across the round.

Rounds 4-7: Knit

Round 8: Rep round 2.

Round 9: Repeat round 3.

Rounds 10-13: Knit

Round 14: (Knit 1, yo) Repeat around the round.

Round 15: (Knit 2 tog) Repeat across the round.

Round 16: Drop stitch round. (Knit and wrap yarn around needle twice before taking the stitch off the needle, knit 1 stitch) Repeat across the round.

Round 17: (knit 1 unravelling the loop (forming the drop stitch), knit 1 stitch) repeat across round.

Round 18: knit

Round 19: knit

Round 20: Repeat round 2.

Round 21: Repeat round 3.

Round 22: Knit

Round 23: Knit

Round 24: Knit

Round 25: Knit

Round 26: Repeat round 2.

Round 27: Repeat round 3.

Rounds 28-31: Knit

Rounds 32- 45: Repeat rounds 14-27

Round 46: Knit

Cast off loosely with a bigger needle, 6mm to have a loose edge.

Sew in ends.

Happy knitting!

Please just email me if anything isn’t clear lindadawkins@mweb.co.za

Ravelry notes here.

Wishing you a wonderful week of goodness…

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21 Responses to Rustic Earth Cowl Pattern and Drop Stitch Tutorial

  1. K January 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    It came out beautifully – here, I want to add another “of course.”

    • Linda January 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      Thanks so much Kristen! xo

  2. Kim January 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    It is beautiful! Thanks for that pattern and the tutorial. Adding this to my list of things to knit :)

    • Linda January 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      You are welcome Kim:)

  3. Nance January 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    This has to my favorite cowl of all. The yarn and the colors are beautiful. It looks so soft. Thank you for the tutorial and pattern – this one will be on my to do list for sure.

    • Linda January 23, 2013 at 8:26 am #

      Thanks so much Nance:)

  4. Dianapri January 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    It is beautiful. I simply love it. The fiber is so beatiful and works so well with the pattern.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Susan January 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    This is so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing, you’re very kind :)

  6. linda carey January 22, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    Thank you for the lovley pattern and how to knit it. It will be one of my next project. I’m so glad that I came across your web page.

    • Linda January 23, 2013 at 8:27 am #

      You are welcome Linda, I would love to see your finished project:)

  7. linda carey January 22, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    Thank you for the lovley pattern and how to knit it. It will be one of my next project. I’m so glad that I came across your web page.

  8. Gracey January 22, 2013 at 3:00 am #

    Very nice! Love the colors….thanks for the tutorial…

  9. JoAnn January 22, 2013 at 5:15 am #

    Thank you so much. I have some yarn ready to start.

  10. Nancy Hoxworth January 22, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    Your daughter’s spinning skill and your creativity have produced such beauty!

  11. Ellisen January 22, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    Gorgeous cowl. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern with us, and the tutorial. I hadn’t known what drop stitch meant before. Thanks to you, now I do.

  12. Barbara Szatkiewicz January 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Linda, the cowl is sensational. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern and the tutorial on dropping a stitch. Have a great day!

  13. Sharon M. January 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    You have a wonderful, interesting blog and it’s very interesting to learn about where you live.

    • Linda January 23, 2013 at 8:28 am #

      Thank you Sharon:)

  14. Elisa Miller January 23, 2013 at 3:43 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern and the tutorial,I would like to know the color of yarn you used to knit the cowl and where can I buy it. Thank you very much, Elisa.

    • Linda January 23, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      Hi Elisa,
      You are welcome:)
      The yarn is a roving I bought from Juno Fibre Arts on Etsy and my daughter spun it up for me.

      • Elisa Miller January 27, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

        Thanks Linda for your respond! Elisa

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