Knitting a cowl: The Ordinary Knitter – episode 42

The Ordinary Knitter Podcast
Knitting a cowl: The Ordinary Knitter - episode 42
knitting a cowl
Little Houndales Wristwarmers

Welcome to episode 42 of The Ordinary Knitter, the knitting podcast that’s (mostly) about the projects. My name is Heather and I’m @theordknitter on Twitter, @theordinaryknitter on Instagram and @ordinaryknitting on Ravelry. This week: knitting a cowl (or cowls), the top secret cushion project and recording problems. In the weeks since I last released a pod I’ve had a new hard drive, been to Scotland and recorded two pods that for one reason and another I couldn’t release. I hope this one makes up for it.

Knitting a cowl

knitting a cowlThis did not go smoothly! Knitting a cowl has been a vague idea ever since I received tickets to the rugby for Christmas. I had no pattern but took the stitch count from a plain cowl on Ravelry. I began with 4.5mm needles but this gave me too open a weave so dropped down to my 4mm KnitPro Nova Cubics, now my go to needle for aran projects that aren’t gauge-critical.

My first attempt at a cowl didn’t go well. In my wisdom I had decided to have a rolled stocking stitch edge as it had worked on the Little Houndales Wristwarmers, but as a smaller project the wristwarmer rolled edge had been much more successful. On this cowl the edge rolled over so badly it revealed the floats, obscured the decorative motif and ended up looking like a surgical collar! My second attempt, shown left, was much more successful. The ribbing should have been deeper as it did flip top and bottom, and it could have been fractionally bigger, but it was a great learning experience. Next, I look forward to knitting an item following a pattern to the letter!

Music credit:

“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (
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