The Doubles Remix

As anyone who’s read my blog for awhile knows, I love knitting cowls. You can imagine my delight and excitement when Stephanie at Unwind Burbank let me design two patterns for Yarn Crawl LA this year!

I’m one of those knitters who aims to use up every scrap of yarn on a project. I’m not too crazy about leftovers. Aside from the fact that these two cowls are soft and squishy, the other great thing about the design is that you can just keep going until you’re almost out of yarn. Just make sure you leave enough to do the rows of ribbing, but otherwise, just knit through your supply!

One day I was looking to make a superfast gift for someone, and I realized I had two skeins of Malabrigo Rasta, which this pattern lends itself to perfectly. This yarn really highlights the texture of my design pattern, and I used every last inch to make this cowl! For those of you who are not familiar with Rasta, let me just say, it is so chunky, that with a few modifications to my original pattern, all you need is 2 skeins and 2 days (or 2 hours, depending how fast you knit!) and you have yourself a supersoft, squishy cowl. This is going to be my go-to version for when I need to pull a gift out of thin air!

The Doubles Remix

2 skeins Malabrigo Rasta – shown in Stitch Red #873
Size 15 24″ circular needles
Stitch Marker

CO 84 sts. Place stitch marker and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.

Work 1 1/2″ in 2×2 rib, then switch to the double seed stitch.
(Double Seed Stitch: Rows 1-2: K2, P2. Rows 3-4: P2, K2.)

Work in Double Seed Stitch until piece measures 9″ from CO. Switch to 2×2 rib for 1 1/4″. BO in pattern.

Round and Round

At the beginning of the year, I went through a cowl moment. I could not stop knitting cowls! I ended up starting five, and finishing three. The other two weren’t turning out how I wanted, so I will live, learn, and rip  those two out. Cowls, infinity scarves…whatever you want to call them…are some of the most relaxing knitting a person can do. You cast on, join, and go round and round. They’re a great stash buster, and go quicker than scarves, in my opinion. In fact, I don’t know why I was knitting these AFTER the holidays instead of before, but that’s another story. The only thing I would point out to anyone making them for the first time is that you should think carefully about where you want the cowl to fall. If you cast on too many stitches, it will end up falling below your navel, and if you don’t cast on enough, then you end up with a choker instead of a cowl. Below, the finished pieces.

For a dear friend:


For my mama:


For me: