Here is a very basic and quick-to-make cowl that is stylish and warm.
It is made from alpaca yarn I purchased during a visit to Jersey Shore Alpacas in Cape May, New Jersey.
Alpaca fiber is much like sheep’s wool, but warmer and not itchy. It is lacking in lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic and also allows it to be processed without the need for high temperatures or harsh chemicals in washing.
It is flame-resistant and like wool, alpaca fiber is water-resistant. It can wick away moisture because of its unique ability to mimic cotton in moisture regain. These attributes are what make alpaca feel lighter than wool, but warmer than cotton in cool and damp climates.
Pattern Note: To create a slight flair in the cowl, I increased several times. If you prefer it straight just continue in pattern skipping the increase in rows 11, 17 and 21.
pattern inspired by Jersey Shore AlpacasPRINT PATTERN
Yarn: bulky yarn
Size 10 needles or size recommended on yarn
Cast on 65 stitches.
Rows 1-5: Knit entire row.
ROW 6: P across
ROW 7: K across
ROW 8-10 repeat row 6-7
ROW 11: K across increasing 1 stitch at midpoint of row (66)
ROW 12-16: repeat row 6-7
ROW 17: K across increasing 1 stitch at midpoint of row (67)
ROW 18-20: repeat row 6-7
ROW 21: K across increasing 1 stitch at midpoint of row (68)
ROW 22-30: repeat row 6 and 7
ROW 31-34: Knit across
ROW 35: Bind off leaving a length of yarn and sew sides together. Weave in loose ends.