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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Something For You

I made a little something for you guys.

We have some really pretty silk ribbon that has been flirting with me for months, and the deep red inspired me. I paired it with the beautiful Rowan Belle Organic DK from Amy Butler's line of yarn in the creamy white Moonflower colorway.

I knit this cowl with DK yarn on US8 needles, two sizes larger than recommended, to achieve a nice drape.
If you choose to use a different weight yarn, I would suggest going up a few needle sizes from the recommended needle as well. This cowl is close-fitting, but casting on more stitches will result in a larger piece with more drapes and folds. You could add more eyelets and more ribbon to create more ruching. Enjoy!

Close Knit Ruched Cowl

by Leah Bandstra

Yarn: 2 balls Rowan Belle Organic DK (Moonflower, #13)
Needles: US8 16" circular
Other: stitch marker, 1 yard of silk ribbon (machine or hand stitch the ends to prevent fraying)

Finished Size: 13” long and about 22” around
Gauge: 4.5 stitches/inch in stockinette on US8

Cast on 100 stitches with your 16" circular needle.
Join in the round (don't twist), placing marker at the beginning of the round.

Purl 2 rounds.

Knit 2 rounds.

At the beginning of the next round:

*K2, YO, K2TOG, knit until 4 stitches remain, K2TOG, YO, K2. (eyelet round)

Knit 6 rounds.*

Repeat between the *s until your piece measures about 13”, ending with and eyelet round. I have 12 eyelet rows at this point.

Knit 2 rounds.

Purl 2 rounds.

Bind off (loosely) in purl. Weave in your ends. Thread your ribbon through the eyelets. Pull the ends to gather up the side.


  1. Love, love, love this, Leah!!!! It caught my eye the moment I walked into the store on Saturday. The simplicity of the project is so elegant and really shows off both the gorgeous ribbon & the lovely yarn. Fabulous!

  2. Thank you! I needed an excuse to use that ribbon. The yarn is really lovely and silky. Perfect for babies, too...