Linen Chevron Cowl Pattern Now In French!

Hello everyone!

After breaking my ankle exactly two weeks ago, here is an update. A few days after the injury and after the ER, I went to the orthopedic surgeon but nothing could be done because my foot was too swollen.

swollen broken ankle

As a result, I had to sit around with a broken ankle for eight days until the swelling went down.

On the ninth day, I went into surgery. It was an outpatient procedure that was supposed to take 1.5 hours. I went in and the first thing they did was give me a regional block in an attempt to numb the leg. At the time, I had no idea what to expect from the block procedure. As it turned out, the anesthesiologist stuck a needle into the back of the leg, and used an ultrasound to find where to inject the numbing solution. Well after what seemed like several minutes, the procedure was complete and a complete failure. For some reason they couldn’t find what they were looking for to numb the leg.

I was then transported to the operating room. While they were prepping me onto  the operating table, the last thing I remember was a brief conversation with the crew about Downton Abbey. LOL! Now that I’m thinking back on it, it’s pretty funny–our choice of topic, that is.

Shortly after, there was the “gas.” I will never forget the smell…

I woke up in the recovery room plagued with nausea and found out that my surgery had gone over by two hours! What was supposed to take 1.5 hours took 3.5 hours. They had trouble setting my bones back into place. In addition, the gas anesthesia that they gave me made me immensely ill. In response to this, the nurse gave me “anti-nausea” medicine that knocked me out for the rest of the day. To be honest, I don’t think it was anti-nausea medicine. I think it was a tranquilizer. As the nurse put it, “I think she’s comatose.”

The days after the surgery were extremely rough. I have to say that the day after was the worst! The pain was definitely on a level that I had never experienced before. And on top of it all, I had the lingering smell of the gas anesthesia on my breath which made me sick for several days after surgery. There is nothing worst than the smell of what can be described as a “strong plastic odor” every time you take a breath out.

It hasn’t been a full week after surgery and find myself easing off of the pain medication. This too makes me queasy. As you can tell, I am extremely sensitive to medications.

Anyway, I promise I am going to wrap up this horror story. So I am currently wrapped up in another splint and I have to sit around for one more week until my post-op check up.

broken ankle phase 2

Now, on to knitting! A while back, a fellow blogger contacted me about translating one of my patterns to her native tongue, French. Of course, I agreed. I am in no shape to translate my pattern to  French, at least not well. My knowledge of the language is not, by any means, fluent, even though I did take French for two years in high school and two in college.

Linen Chevron Cowl

Emmanuelle was kind enough to translate the Linen Chevron Cowl to French and put it in a PDF format.

Linen Chevron Cowl (French)
PDF Download

Check out her gorgeous version of the cowl at: lemarquoirdelise.over-blog.com!

Chevron Linen Cowl by Emmanuelle B.

I truly enjoy sharing my work with the knitting community and enrich people’s lives one at a time through knitting. If there is an opportunity to share it with different people in different languages from different countries with different cultures, I will definitely take it!

If you would like to translate any of my patterns to another language and share it with your community, please let me know! For you loom knitters: if you are interested in converting my patterns for loom knitting, please contact me!

Please bear with me through this rough time as I slowly get my life back to normalcy. Thank you all for your kind words and your well wishes!

Happy knitting!

Irish Mesh Cowl

Hello!

Hope everyone is doing well. These past few days have been very cold here in the south with temps dipping below freezing. With the frigid weather, I went out last night after work and got some firewood to make a fire. It was the first one this season!

It was absolutely amazing. There’s nothing better than a crackling fire and some knitting to soothe away the tensions of the day.

Burning fire 2014

Speaking of knitting, last week I finished a cowl that I had been working on for the past couple of weeks. Those of you who have been keeping up with me via social media have seen the progress of this cowl and as promised, I am posting it up today.

This cowl, called the Irish Mesh Cowl, was knitted previously using Knit Picks’ Billow yarn in Tea Rose (shown below). I designed this cowl about six months ago and am now revisiting it and will share the pattern with you all.

Irish Mesh Cowl in Tea Rose - Purl Avenue

The revisited version is done Ash. Note: Knit Picks Billow yarn is cotton and the yarn weight varies even though it is listed as Bulky Weight. If you want your cowl to look a little more uniform, I recommend using a different type of yarn.

Billow in Ash

After blocking, the Irish Mesh Cowl in Ash measures about 30″ circumference and 11″ wide and is slightly smaller than the one in Tea Rose (I don’t remember the measurements).

Irish Mesh Cowl in Ash - Purl Avenue

Here is the pattern.

Materials

2 skeins of Knit Picks Billow yarn (you will use about 1.5 skeins)

  • 120 yds / 110 m per skein
  • 3.52 oz/100 g per skein
  • 100% Pima Cotton

US 10.5- 24″ circular needles
Yarn/tapestry needle
Stitch marker

Gauge

3.5 sts=1″ in stockinette stitch

Pattern

Cast on 96 sts. Place stitch marker and join to begin knitting in the round. Careful not to twist the stitches. Note: all slipped stitches on this website will be done purlwise unless otherwise noted.

Edge

Rd 1: *yo, sl1, k2, psso; rep from * to the end.
Rd 2: knit.
Rd 3: k2, *sl1, k2, psso, yo; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Rd 4: knit.

Repeat Rds 1-4 for a total of 24 rounds. 

Body

Rd 1-15: knit.

Repeat the Edge one more time.

Bind off and weave in all loose ends.

There you go! A brand new cowl! Did I mention that this is a quick knit too? Enjoy!

Irish Mesh Cowl in Ash side - Purl Avenue

Irish Mesh Cowl Tea Rose 2 - Purl Avenue

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Linen Chevron Cowl

Hello everyone!

It has been a very crazy and busy month or so. I know, it has been a while since I last posted an article but it really has been hectic. Because of the time restraint, it has taken me months to complete this cowl and I have to admit that I am very pleased with the end result. The Linen Chevron Cowl was knitted using Shi Bui’s Linen yarn and it features a distinctive chevron design. Because the pattern is a little long, I’m going to keep this intro short and jump into the fun part…the pattern.

Linen Chevron Cowl - Purl Avenue

I absolutely love the chevron/seed stitch combination.

Linen Chevron Cowl - Purl Avenue

Materials

1 skein of Shibui Linen yarn

  • Color: Clay
  • 246 yds / 225 m per skein
  • 1.76 oz/50 g per skein
  • 100% linen

US 5 (3.75mm) 24″ circular needles
Stitch marker
Yarn/tapestry needle

Gauge

26 sts=4″

Pattern

CO 170 sts. Place stitch marker and begin to knit in the round. Do not twist stitches. Note: always slip stitches purlwise unless otherwise noted.

(Seed Stitch)
Rd 1: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of round.

(Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-5: knit.

(Seed Stitch)
Rd 1: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 3: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.

(Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-5: knit.

(Chevron pattern)
Rd 1: *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to end of round.
Rd2: k1, sl 3 wyif, *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Rd 3: *sl 3 wyif, k2; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 4: sl 2 wyif, k2, *sl 3 wyif, k2; rep from * to the last st, sl 1 wyif.
Rd 5: sl 1 wyif, *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to the last 4 sts, k2, sl 2 wyif.
Rd 6: repeat Rd 1.
Rd 7: repeat Rd 5.
Rd 8: repeat Rd 4.
Rd 9: repeat Rd 3.
Rd 10: repeat Rd 2.
Rd 11: repeat Rd 1.
Rd 12-13: knit.
Rd 14: *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 15: sl 1 wyif, *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to the last 4 sts, k2, sl 2 wyif.
Rd 16: sl 2 wyif, k2, *sl 3 wyif, k2; rep from * to the last st, sl 1 wyif.
Rd 17: *sl 3 wyif, k2; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 18: k1, sl 3 wyif, *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Rd 19: repeat Rd 14.
Rd 20: repeat Rd 18.
Rd 21: repeat Rd 17.
Rd 22: repeat Rd 16.
Rd 23: repeat Rd 15.
Rd 24: repeat Rd 14.

Main Body (Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-20: knit.

Repeat Chevron pattern.

(Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-5: knit.

(Seed Stitch)
Rd 1: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of round.

(Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-5: knit.

(Seed Stitch)
Rd 1: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 3: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.

Bind off and weave in loose ends. I highly recommend blocking for optimum results.

Linen Chevron Cowl - Purl Avenue

There you go. The Linen Chevron Cowl is complete and now you have a brand new linen cowl that’s perfect for summer!

UPDATE: Linen Chevron Cowl pattern is now in French.

PDF Download:

Linen Chevron Cowl (French)

 

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Mesh Lace Cowl

Happy Saturday!

Hope everyone had a great week! Just like many of you, I am knitting away and trying to get my handmade gifts ready for Christmas. I’m about halfway through…

While getting into the crazy and hectic holiday season, I didn’t realize that there was a slight glitch in the Purl Avenue website. If any of you had submitted a comment through this site within the past week or so and I did not respond back, it’s due to the glitch. I was able to recover some of the comments and questions that were submitted but I’m not sure if I was able to get all of them. I apologize for the inconvenience. Rest assured, this problem has been fixed as of this morning so there shouldn’t be anymore problems 🙂

Now on to more happy news. I did manage to finish a new cowl pattern this week and this is in lieu of the “Quick Knits” series I am doing. I think you all are going to love it.! It is by far my favorite cowl pattern. This cowl is done with a simple mesh pattern and is perfect for beginning lace knitters.

Mesh Lace Cowl - Purl Avenue

Circumference is about 34″ (approx. 86cm) around and 8″ (approx. 23cm) wide.

mesh lace wip - Purl Avenue

This cowl took me about two to three days of on and off knitting to complete. If you are interested in giving someone a hand-knit cowl for Christmas, this is it!

Mesh Lace Cowl side - Purl Avenue

Mesh Lace Cowl
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Materials

2 skeins of Lion Brand Yarns Jiffy

  • Color: Silver Heather
  • 135 yds (123m) per skein [I used about 1.5 skeins]
  • 3 oz (85g) per skein
  • US 10 (6mm)

US 10 (6mm) 24″ circular needles
Stitch marker
Yarn/tapestry needle

Gauge

15sts x 18rows=4″ (10cm)

Pattern

CO 108 sts. Place stitch marker, join stitches and begin knitting in the round.

Edging

Rnd 1: *K1, P1; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 2: *P1, K1; rep from * to end of round.

Repeat Rnds 1-2 one more time.

Main Body

Rnd 1: *k2tog, yo; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd2: knit.
Rnd 3: *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 4: knit.

Repeat Rnds 1-4 until approximately 7″ or desired width. Then repeat edging pattern once more. Bind off and weave in all loose ends with yarn needle.

If you are having trouble with this cowl, please check out this video.

This is somewhat lengthy. In the video I briefly go over increases and decreases, knitting in the round, etc. If you are a beginner, I encourage you to watch.

To finish repeat the Edging portion once more.

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Bamboo Stitch Cowl

Hi knitters!

A couple of weeks ago, I was looking around trying to find new and interesting knit stitches for my next project and I came across one that I’d seen only a few times before: bamboo stitch. I thought to myself, “I bet this stitch would look great on a cowl!” especially since I am going through a cowl obsession as of late. So, it was decided that I was going to knit a cowl using the bamboo stitch.

I started looking through my ridiculously massive yarn stash for the perfect yarn for this project (I was determined to NOT purchase new yarn). It’s amazing how certain yarns are only suitable for certain projects/patterns. Surprisingly, I found two skeins of unused superfine alpaca and wool blend yarn made by Berroco. I did some research on this particular yarn type for the specs and found out that it had been discontinued 🙁 On the flip side, I had enough to finish the project and had some left over too.

I began knitting the Bamboo Stitch Cowl and realized the more I knitted using this stitch, the more I fell in love with it. The bamboo stitch itself is very quick to knit and it is so unique! It looks a lot more elaborate and complicated than it actually is.

Bamboo Stitch Cowl wip - Purl Avenue

I finished the cowl in two days!

Bamboo Stitch Cowl - Purl Avenue

Circumference is about 25″ (approx. 63.5cm) around and 8″ (approx. 23cm) wide.

bamboo stitch cowl - Purl Avenue

So here is the pattern…

Materials

2 skeins of Berroco Cuzco (use something comparable because this yarn is discontinued)

  • Color: Blue Smoke
  • 130 yds (119m) per skein
  • 3.5oz (100g)
  • 10 US/6mm
  • 50% Alpaca/50% Wool

US 10/6mm 24″ circular needles
Stitch marker
Yarn/tapestry needle

Gauge

3.75=1″
15 sts x 21 rows=4″ (10cm)

Pattern

If you are having trouble understanding the pattern, my video tutorial may help.
CO 108 sts. Place stitch marker, join stitches and begin knitting in the round.

Edging

Rnd 1-4: *K2, P2; rep from * to end of round.

Main Body

Rnd 1: *yo, K2, pass yo st over two knit stitches; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 2: knit.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until desired width and finish off by knitting the edging. Then bind off and weave in all loose ends.

Note: please keep in mind that ALL measurements (including the gauge) are approximations. There are many factors that may determine your measurements (i.e., yarn weight, needle size, knitting tension, etc.) Rule of thumb: measurements will never be exact!

Bamboo Stitch Cowl 2 - Purl Avenue

This cowl is perfect for a casual day/night out!

Hope you enjoy. Happy knitting!

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Spine Rib Cowl

Hello knitters!

I hope everyone is doing well! It seems like so long ago since I’ve written a blog post, but in actuality, it’s only been a little over a week. I’ve been somewhat busy this past week and haven’t had much time to write.

I recently started a new job which has taken up most of my time. I find myself coming home from work and still thinking about work. I can’t seem to find to off switch. In addition, the transition from being jobless for a month to getting back to a normal work schedule has proven to be quite difficult. Though I am happy to have been able to catch up on some sleep this weekend.

With my now busy schedule, I am very sad to say that I will not be able to design knit patterns the way I used to 🙁 Even though I will be slowing down my design work, I will continue to knit and will still be adding new stitch patterns, tips and tutorials!

Now with that being said, I have managed to finish a cowl pattern that I’ve been working on for the past week or so. My first design for this cowl was completely different. It was a simple mesh lace pattern that I had designed specifically for beginning lace knitters. I had to completely frog it because I made the mistake of posting the written pattern on social media before I had the chance to finish it. So in turn, my design was stolen by a fellow knitter (you know who you are) who has now claimed it to be their own.

Simple mesh lace

It was meant to be a FREE pattern! They wouldn’t have had to pay a dime to use it. I guess now they can sell it and make money because it is technically theirs. The sad part is that they could have at least changed the edging or modified it somehow, but they didn’t. How pathetic! And to be my follower on Instagram too! I was naive to think that everyone has good morals and integrity. Oh well, what goes around comes around. That is the law of the universe…at least I believe so.

Okay, I have to let it go. I’ve made my mistake and have learned my lesson. On to my new and improved cowl pattern. Hope you all enjoy! Note: my patterns are free but if you are to use it or include it on your site, please allow me the deserved credit. In fact, please do so for all patterns you use that is not yours. It’s proper copyright etiquette.

Spine Rib Cowl - Purl Avenue

Materials

2 skeins of Berroco Flicker (color: Brown)
US 11 (8mm) 24″ circular needles
Stitch marker
Yarn needle

Gauge

16 sts=4″
20 rows=4″

Pattern

CO 144 sts.

Edging

Rnd 1-5: *K4, P4; rep from * to end of round.

Main body

Rnd 1: *C2B, C2F; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 2: Knit.

Repeat Rnds 1-2 until cowl measures about 7.5″ from cast on edge (4o rounds).

Spine Stitch - Purl Avenue

Repeat Rib 4×4 edging pattern above.

Now bind off and weave in loose ends.

spine rib cowl folded - Purl Avenue

Measurements: 30″ (approximately 76 cm) circumference and 9.5″ (approximately 22 cm) wide.

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