Friday, July 26, 2019

Dotty Cowl: Free Pattern And Tutorial

I am very excited to let you know that the Dotty Cowl, my recent collaboration with Malabrigo, is available on Ravelry and is free!

The cowl is worked in the round and uses a reversible stitch pattern; there’s no wrong side, which allows you to wear your cowl with either side facing out. The colors take turns being dominant and produce a unique look on each side, with one side being a negative of the dotty pattern on the other side.

The yarn is Malabrigo Sock in the shades Sand Bank and Fortaleza. The Dotty cowl uses one skein in each color to create an optimal size cowl, 29” (74 cm) in circumference and 12½″ (32 cm) tall, with very little leftover from each skein.

The photo tutorial below should give you a better understanding of the Reversible Dotty stitch pattern used in the Dotty cowl and Amanita wrap patterns and explain the key elements of it.

The stitch pattern uses two colors and consists of pairs of rows, one of each color on the same level. The first two rows are worked into the same base chain, so these two rows are slightly offset, but level with each other with one behind the other. The order in which the MC and CC are used is not important at this stage and only determines on which side each color will be dominant.

Starting at Row 3, you will always be working into two lower rows at the same time, using the space between two V-stitches and the chain space inside the V-st. After completing Row 3, your piece will look like this: new V-sts (in blue) are worked in-between V-sts of the same color and inside V-sts of the contrast color.

Each second (even) row requires your attention. These are the rows that are worked on the same level as the previous row (not into it), and it is necessary to either work in front of (left pic below) or behind right pic below) the stitches of the previous row.

The stitch placement depends on which color you started the previous row with and which color side is facing. If you are not sure if you need to work in front or behind for the pattern you are following, check the written instructions for color order and stitch placement until you find the rhythm of the stitch pattern.

When the stitch pattern is worked correctly, you will have a fully visible V-st mesh in one color on each side of your piece and dots of the contrast color inside this mesh.

Check out the #reversibledotty hashtag on Instagram to see more examples of this stitch pattern and feel free to hashtag your dotty projects too! 

Dotty pattern on Ravelry
Amanita pattern on Ravelry

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  1. Question! When I am doing the rows that are overlapping a prior row, do I make my stitches through both layers, or just the top layer? Thanks!


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