Hi! I'm Meaghan... I'm kinda new-ish here at Noble Knits. I've had the honor of stepping in to share my knitting tips with you over the last couple of months and now? Now! I get to host a knit along. I guess I passed muster. ;)
The Jakku Jakku Cowl
For our Spring/Summer Knit Along (KAL) we're going to be knitting up a cowl of my own design, named after a planet in the recent Star Wars movie. I loved the fashion in the movie (I know... most people go for the action/storyline, apparently I go for the apparel) and thought this cowl would be appropriate for a character to wear on Jakku.
Alright, so I don't always walk around looking like a bandit, but this cowl is super fun to knit, and has some great skills to learn along the way.
Skills and Tools
Jakku Jakku is a DK weight cowl, knit in the round from the top down. As we knit the cowl, we're going to be learning some new skills; namely the German Twisted Cast On method and the Wrap & Turn short row. I know short rows can scare some folks off but I promise to make it easy for you to follow along and create a fun new piece for your wardrobe.
You will need:
3 stitch markers (each distinct from one another)
Optional: a removable/locking marker and additional markers to indicate pattern repeats
This cowl knits up quickly so we're going to break it down over 3 weeks to give you the best chance at success - and to make sure you have a new knitted treat for yourself to roll into the summer with.
Week 1 (May 9th): I'm going to talk a little bit about yarn substitutions, swatching for gauge and casting on!
Week 2 (May 16th): All short rows, all the time! Well, a bit of the time! I'm going to walk you through not only how to work a wrap & turn, but how to identify it as a turning point.
Week 3 (May 23rd): Binding off and blocking!
And just like that, 3 weeks later, you'll have a fabulous new accessory that is cute over a long-sleeved t-shirt, and also extra adorable as a faux-dickie under a buttoned up collared shirt.
I hope you'll join me on May 9th at our new NobleKnits Community to knit along with me! And if you're on social media, feel free to tag @nobleknits and use #nobleknitsjakkuKAL. I'm excited to do some knitting with you!