Bee Mine Cowl Free Pattern
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Bee Mine Cowl
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Needles: 5mm 16” Circulars or double pointed
Yarn: Briggs and Little Heritage, 2 skeins Gold. You will use just over 1 skein, so feel free to make yours longer or wider if desired.
Cast on 100 stitches, joining to work in the round
Round 1-4: Place marker for beginning of round, Knit 1 purl 1 around.
Round 1: Purl 2, knit 16, purl 2, place second marker. The area between the markers is your cable panel (optional chart for guidance is below). Purl to end of round (first marker).
Round 2: Work cable panel as established, *knit 1, knit 1 below* repeat between ** to the end of the round.
Round 3: Work cable panel as established, purl to end.
Round 4: Purl 2, Cable 2 back (right-leaning cable), cable 2 forward (left-leaning cable), Cable 2 back (right-leaning cable), cable 2 forward (left-leaning cable), purl 2. *Knit 1 below, knit 1* repeat between ** to end.
Round 5: Work cable panel even (purl 2, knit 16, purl 2), purl to end.
You should now have established both the cable section and the 4 row bee stitch pattern. In order for the bee stitch to form correctly, you must make sure that you are alternating knit 1 belows with knit 1s, in the same manner you would a seed stitch. If you make a mistake, it’s a hard stitch to unknit, so it is recommended that you put in a lifeline. Each row of Bee stitch is alternated with a row of purling. You will now work a cable round every six rows (cable round will be the 7th round), while continuing the bee stitch as established in the bee stitch section. The bee stitch is completed independently of the cable panel, so always continue as established in this section.
Cable Round 2: Alternate cable round 1 and cable round 2 every 6 rounds. The cable round will comprise the 7th row. Purl 2, cable 2 back (left-leaning cable), cable 2 forward (right-leaning cable), cable 2 back (left-leaning cable), cable 2 forward (right-leaning cable). You will notice that these cables will complete the circular, honeycomb look.
When you have completed 16 cable rounds (or 8 “circles”) or the cowl is your desired length, end with three work-even rounds after a cable round 2. On the next round (first marker) knit 1, purl 1 around. Repeat this until you have 4 rounds of ribbing to match the beginning. Bind off loosely.
Block the cowl. You will notice the honeycomb portion tends to create a scalloped edge. You can play this up when you block, or block it out. Weave in your ends.
Special stitches: Knit 1 below is a brioche-type stitch. Instead of picking up just the new loop as you would in a regular knit stitch, you will be entering the old cast-off loop from the row below along with the new loop.
Cable 2 back: slip 2 stitches to cable needle, hold to back, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle
Cable 2 forward: slip 2 stitches to cable needle, hold to front, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle.
Bee Stitch Chart
Honeycomb Cable Chart
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