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 Mochi Plus Zig Zag Cowl

Designed by Sandi Rosner for Crystal Palace Yarns

Below the Diagonal Cowl in a new
Fall 2010 color: #604 Bodega Bay

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An easy zig zag garter stitch tube to scrunch around your neck on those days when you need a little extra warmth. The extra soft feel of Mochi Plus is a welcome cozy wrap.

Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Mochi Plus (80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon, 95 yards - 50 gram ball)
2 balls of any color. Shown in #555 Tapestry Rainbow.
Needles: Size US 10 / 6mm.
Adjust needle size if necessary to get the correct gauge.
Small amount of contrasting color smooth waste yarn.
Size J-10 crochet hook.

Finished Measurements
Circumference: 23"
Width: 10"

18 sts and 32 rows = 4"/10cm over garter stitch

K Knit
m1 Make 1 - Insert the left needle, from front to back, under the strand of yarn which runs between the last st on the right needle and the next st on the left needle; knit this st through the back loop - 1 st increased.
rep repeat
S2KP2 Slip the next 2 sts together as if to knit them together, k1, pass the 2 slipped sts over the st just knit - 2 sts decreased.
St(s) Stitch(es)

Provisional Cast on
A provisional cast on is meant to be removed, allowing you to work from live stitches at the cast on edge. If you don't have a favorite provisional cast on method, try this one:
With waste yarn, make a slip knot on crochet hook. Hold knitting needle in left hand and crochet hook in right hand. * Pass yarn under knitting needle, reach over needle with hook and catch yarn; draw yarn through stitch on hook. Repeat from * until desired number of stitches are on needle. You are, in essence, creating a crochet chain around the knitting needle. Chain a few more stitches without the needle, cut the waste yarn, and draw the end through the last stitch.
To recover stitches from the cast on edge, begin at the end with the extra chain stitches and unravel the crochet chain, catching each stitch on a knitting needle as it is released from the chain.

Using a provisional cast on, CO 61 sts.
Row 1 K1, m1, k8, * s2kp2, k8, m1, k1, m1, k8; rep from * once more, s2kp2, k8, m1, k1.
Row 2 Knit.
Alternate these two rows until you have about 1 yard of yarn left, ending with a Row 1. Tip: Place a removable stitch marker on the “Row 1" side. When the side with the marker is facing you, you are working a row with increases and decreases. When the side with the marker is away from you, just knit.

Remove the waste yarn from the cast on edge and place the stitches on a spare needle.
Join the ends of your cowl to form a tube. You can either use a 3-needle bind off (easier, but leaves a noticeable ridge), or graft them together with Kitchener stitch (more challenging, but produces a truly seamless result).

For links to How To for Provisional Cast-on and Kitchener Stitch - click here.

Special thanks to Sandi Rosner for sharing her beautiful patterns with us.
Watch for workshops and classes taught by Sandi at knitting events around the knitting world!

copyright 2009 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this free knitting pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying Crystal Palace Yarns Mochi Plus are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

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Last revision of this page February 07, 2012