And for my next trick

Grafting 2×2 rib. And getting rid of more stash yarn.

I had a couple of skeins of Bergère de France Cocoon hanging around in my stash – a bulky chainette yarn. Looking around for something to make with it, I settled on a cowl version of the Bella Lana Reversible Cable Scarf.

Bella Lana Cowl

It was a quick and simple knit. I started with a provisional cast-on, and after knitting as much as I could, but ending after a full repeat of the cable pattern, I grafted the two ends together. Normally I don’t have a problem with the kitchener stitch, but the K2/P2 ribbing made it a little more complicated. But with a bit of research, I figured it out.

For my own future reference as well as yours, here’s what I did. My work started with K2 – if yours starts with P2, you’ll have to modify the instructions to start in the middle. It is also important to note that I held the needle with the bottom edge of the knitting as the far (back) needle, and the top edge of knitting as the near (front) needle:


Near: Purl (leave on needle)
Far: knit (leave on needle)

Then repeat the following 8 steps until done:

Step Needles Method Working Over*
1 Near Knit off, Purl KK
2 Far Purl off, Knit KK
3 Near Knit off, Knit KP
4 Far Knit off, Purl KP
5 Near Purl off, Knit PP
6 Far Knit off, Purl PP
7 Near Purl off, Purl PK
8 Far Purl off, Knit PK

* These are the two stitches you are working with as seen from right to left – the stitch being removed from the needle, and the other remaining on the needle.

I was going to show you where the grafting was done – but after I’d woven in the ends, I couldn’t even tell where I’d done it.  Ha!

Bella Lana Cowl

Ravelry project here.

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5 Responses to And for my next trick

  1. zeneedle says:

    Good job! The cowl looks great!

  2. redsilvia says:

    It’s great! My head is spinning just looking at those kitchener instructions though.

  3. Marilyn says:

    I kinda love the Kitchener stitch but had never needed to do it on purling before. Very clever of you to figure out how to do it!
    Cool cowl! 🙂

  4. Kym says:

    You are braver than I! (And the cowl looks FAB.)

  5. claudia says:

    That is so. awesome.

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