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A tale of 2 cowls

  • September 15, 2023
In a recent Machine Knit-Able, we featured the Glennis Cowl, a striped cowl that used a beautiful self-striping yarn with a long repeat. Examining the pattern, I noticed that the designer used 2 stitch patterns, the white, vertical stripes (Section 1) had the self-striping colors running horizontally behind them. The designer used a slip stitch to create this look. The main body of the cowl (Section 2) was stockinette with 2 row stripes.

Immediately, my brain said ... the 2 stitch patterns (slip and stockinette stripes) will have different gauges! The original pattern gave only 1 gauge and it also stated: "Gauge is not crucial ... ) Arghhhh. Gauge is always crucial - especially for machine knitters!

I proceeded to create a cowl pattern with Section 1 knit the opposite direction of section 2 and both sections knit in 2 row stripes (in the same gauge). No worry about 2 gauges with this pattern.

Not having any self-striping yarn in my stash, I proceeded to knit my cowl in 2 solid colors that clearly show the direction of knitting.

KIN Beechnut Version
Direction of Knitting

Original HK Glennis pattern
Direction of Knitting


Shortly after publishing this Knit-able, fellow knitter Kathryn pointed out the flaw in my logic. Using my Beechnut pattern, she couldn't figure out how to get her self-striping yarn to appear horizontally on Section 1


She was right, in being clever, I missed the entire point of the Glennis Cowl and had to go back to the drawing board.
The result is the Mix it Up cowl. I rotated Section 1 in the direction of the original pattern and created a dynamic pattern in 2 pieces, so we can build the pattern in 2 stitch gauges. The pattern calculates the difference in the gauges and instructs you to knit the pieces so Section 1 and 2 are the same length. Even if there is a considerable difference in stitch gauge between the 2 sections.

Knit it Now Mix it Up Cowl


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Mix It up Cowl with Tuck lace Section 1. The stitch counts between the 2 sections were calculated by the pattern, insuring the sections matched correctly.
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