After all the recent baby knits I have been itching to knit something for an adult, in chunky weight yarn & with next to no sewing up. It's a chunky textured cowl knit in mistake ribbing, & is ever so cosy. It's simple enough for even conservative wearers, though you could liven it up for more daring types with a contrasting colour in the i-cord bind off & with decorative buttons
The cowl is first knit in the round, & then knit back & forth to make a slit to one side. It's intended to be worn folded down at the top, but of course, you can wear it without the fold & tucked into more layers on cold days. The finished cowl is approx. 23.5 cm high & 23 cm across.
Yarn; 108 g / 130 metres of chunky weight yarn
I used Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky (50 g / 60 m per ball, recommended tension of 15 st/ 10 cm)
The body of the cowl used 2 balls; the partial 3rd ball was for the optional i-cord edging.
Recommended Tension; 14 st/10 cm in stocking stitch.
Needles; 5.5 mm circular for the body, 5 mm circular for the i-cord edging.
Spare DPN for picking up stitches.
(I'm a slightly loose knitter; you may need to use larger needles)
Cast on 74 stitches & join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist.
Mark the beginning of the round with a stitch marker.
Knit in mistake ribbing in the round
Round 1; knit all stitches
Round 2; *K1 P1* repeat for the round.
Continue knitting these 2 rounds until the piece measures about 15 cm, ending with a knit round. Increase one stitch at the end of this round.
Change to knitting flat
WS; * P1, K1* repeat until last stitch P1
RS knit all stitches
Continue knitting these two rows until you're almost out of yarn - approximately 8 cm (or until the desired length).
If you do not want to add i-cord edging bind off now.
WS facing, and using the smaller needle; (knit, YO knit) into the first stitch. Slip these 3 stitches back to the left needle tip without twisting.
*K2, K2tog, slip stitches from right needle to left needle tip* along the remaining live stitches.
Pick up 16 stitches along the first edge of the side slit; continue knitting the applied i-cord onto these stitches. Pick up another 16 stitches on the second slit edge, & continue with the applied i-cord until just 3 stitches remain. K2tog, k1; slip last 2 stitches onto left needle tip; K2tog.
Weave in ends, & add decorative buttons, if desired.