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September 16, 2012

Knitting Pattern: Coversheet Cowl

by babelglyph — Categories: Homepage Posts1 Comment

Early last winter, I fell in love with the knitting maneuver known as twisted drop stitch. Unlike traditional drop-stitch patterns, you don’t collect stitches, THEN drop them – you actually drop each stitch automatically as a part of the normal maneuver. Unlike standard knitting, it has extra stretch, length, and bounce. (And more holes, admittedly. It’s actually a mesh.)  I discovered the stitch from the Instant Gratification Scarf . When I tried it out in a hat and realized that stockinette Twisted Drop Stitch looked almost completely different, I had to knit a cowl. And what better test for a cowl pattern than plain old Red Heart Super Saver? If it can look good in RHSS, it can look good in anything.

Rainbow cowls are serious business.

Coversheet Cowl

Materials:

  • 220-ish yards of worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Super Saver because I had it, but you can use almost anything. Just adjust the stitch count and needle size!
  • one 24-inch (60 cm) circular needle, size US 9 (5.5 mm)
  • stitch marker
  • darning needle

Gauge:

Not critical, and hard to measure in the twisted drop stitch pattern. If pressed, I’d say aim for 16 stitches over 4 inches. But don’t worry about it so long as you like how it drapes!

Instructions:

Cast on 99 stitches. Place marker and join to work in the round. (Be careful not to twist your stitches when you join them!)

Knit 1 row.

Continue in Twisted Drop Stitch (see below for tutorial) for 10 inches, or until almost out of yarn.

Knit 1 row.

Bind off knitwise using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off. Weave in your ends.

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How to do the Twisted Drop Stitch

In writing: Insert your working needle into the next stitch as if to knit. Wrap the yarn once, counterclockwise (from the back to the front), around BOTH needles. Wrap the yarn once more counterclockwise around the working needle only, like you would knit normally. Pull the last loop through the next stitch and the first loop as if they were one stitch. You end up with one longer, twisted stitch. Repeat!

With pictures:

Twisted Drop Stitch: Step 1

Insert your working needle into the next stitch as if to knit.

Twisted Drop Stitch: Step 2

Wrap the yarn once, counterclockwise (from the back to the front), around BOTH needles.

Twisted Drop Stitch: Step 3

Wrap the yarn once more counterclockwise around the working needle only, like you would knit normally.

Twisted Drop Stitch: Step 4

Pull the last loop through the next stitch and the first loop as if they were one stitch.

Twisted Drop Stitch: Step 5

No, the rest of this is not in twisted drop stitch...it's actually in daisy stitch.

You end up with one longer, twisted stitch.

And that’s it! Really, that’s it. This stitch pattern is fun to use for planned pooling, like my rainbow-y cowl, but be careful to maintain the same stitch tension the whole way through. There’s a stripe on mine where I temporarily forgot what I was doing and interrupted the perfect stripes…let that be a lesson to you!

Life is short. Keep knitting!

Oh…and the name? Twisted drop stitch, abbreviated, is TDS. This reminds me of TPS reports, which reminds me of Office Space…You see, we’re putting the new coversheets on all TPS reports now before they go out. Gotta have your coversheet on your TPS report.

1 Comment »

  1. MyssT says:

    Now Girlfriend…you know we need a video!! That looks like a great stitch!! Thanks so much!

    SassySean on Ravelry

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