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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


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


5o inches in circumference

7 inches high


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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Rustic Earth Cowl Design in Progress

I have been enjoying designing this new cowl pattern, I’ve called it Rustic Earth, it’s almost finished, I think it will probably be completed later today:) It’s a design that I hope will drape beautifully around the neck with undulating folds of softness…  I’ll block it, take photos and share the pattern early next week.

We are finally having rain, it’s been so hot for SO long, the rain is such a welcome gift! We are also settling back into our schooling for the first term and a lovely rhythm has begun. I will soon be designing more animal patterns and seriously putting all my energy into my African Animals Knitting book. What are you busy working on at the moment?

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