Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Koolhaas Kowl

Again, I’d queued up a pattern in Ravelry that just didn’t float my boat, so I improvised a little.

Even though I didn’t do I good job with the fit, I’ve enjoyed the Koolhaas Hat designed by Jared Flood that I made for myself a few years ago. I’d worn it the other day, and it got me to thinking that I could use that same stitch pattern for a cowl for our youngest niece. I dragged out the 2007 Holiday issue of Interweave Knits and got going.

I like the results. It pulls in quite a bit, but then our niece is 6 years old, so she doesn’t have much neckage. I made a mistake at one point that required slipping all the stitches off the needles and unraveling back a few rows – I just couldn’t figure it out otherwise. This really is a fun pattern to knit, and if you can manage the two-stitch cable twists without using a cable needle, which isn’t all that difficult, it goes that much faster.

My major modifications from the hat pattern:

  • I only cast on 64 stitches
  • I only did four rounds of 2x2 ribbing before beginning the pattern since I’m using a chunky yarn
  • I didn’t do any of the decreasing

One more to go! This next one promises to be quite different…


  1. I love that you applied this pattern to the cowl. It looks great. I should do one of those... some nameless person seems to have LOST her Koolhaas. Which was made out of handspun. But who's keeping track anyway?