Bloomsbury is a one-skein, lacy cowlette knit in DK weight yarn.
The design is easily customized by varying the lace pattern st count or by adding more lace repeats.
We’ve pictured it with both sides at the front so you can see how each of them look.
26” [66 cm] top neck circumference and 44” [112 cm] bottom circumference. Front depth 15” [38 cm], back depth 6” [15 cm].
Eden Cottage Yarns Whitfell DK (100% baby alpaca; 109 yards [100 meters]/50 grams): Dogwood, 2 balls.
Thanks to Eden Cottage Yarns for providing the yarn for this cowlette.
Sizes US 8 (5 mm) and US 10 (6 mm): 24” circular
Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle or crochet hook for weaving in ends.
20 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st on US 8 needles after wet blocking.
15 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in lace patt on US 8 needles after wet blocking.
Please see our standard abbreviations.
The cowlette is knit flat like a shawl, beginning with a very few cast on stitches on the smaller needle, with increases similar to a triangular shawl. When the desired neck circumference is reached, the cowlette is joined in the round. The lace pattern is then knit three times and the cowlette is then bound off with larger needles using the decreased lace bind off method.
Work Rnds [1-16] of the chart 2 times and then Rnds [1-4] once.
Using smaller needles and provisional method, CO 2 sts and knit 7 rows (3 garter ridges and a row).
Row 1 (RS): K2, yo, rotate work 90 deg, pu and k1, yo, pm, (pu and k1) two times, pm, yo, pu and k1, yo, rotate work 90 deg and k2 from the provisional cast on (12 sts).
Row 2 (WS): K2, p1tbl, p1, p1tbl, sm, p2 (two center sts), sm, p1tbl, p1, p1tbl, k2.
Increase Section 1
You will now increase 6 sts every RS row and 2 sts every WS row, using a combination of kfb and yo increases.
Row 1 (RS): K2, yo, kfb, k to m, yo, sm, k2, sm, yo, k to last 3 sts, kfb, yo, k2 (6 sts increased, 18 sts on needles).
Row 2 (WS): K2, yo, p to last 2 sts, yo, k2 (2 sts increased, 20 sts on needles).
Rep Rows [1-2] until you have 140 sts on needles.
Increase Section 2
You will now increase 4 sts every RS row and 2 sts every WS row using yo increases.
Row 1 (RS): K2, yo, k to m, yo, sm, k2, sm, yo, k to last 2 sts, yo, k2 (4 sts increased, 144 sts on needles).
Row 2 (WS): K2, yo, p to last 2 sts, yo, k2 (2 sts increased, 146 sts on needles).
Rep Rows [1-2] until you have 158 sts on your needles.
Row 3 (RS): K2, k to m, yo, sm, k2, sm, yo, k to last 2 sts, k2 (2 sts increased, 160 sts on needles).
Try on the cowlette holding the two ends together to see if the neck circumference is big enough. If so, continue to the Lace section. Else continue working Rows [1-2], and Row 3, ending with a multiple of 10 sts on needles, then proceed to the Lace section.
Join in the rnd and place a BOR marker.
Work Rnds [1-16] 2 times and then Rnds [1-4] once either from the lace chart or written instructions.
Using larger needles, BO as follows: *K2togtbl, sl the st back to left needle; rep from * to last st, cut yarn and pull through to finish.
Because of the three-dimensional shape, the easiest way to block is to fold your garment in half with the folds at the back and the front. Lay it flat and pin out the points through both layers. You may need to flip it over and re-pin after the top side dries. Weave in ends.
Rnd 1 & 3: K.
Rnd 2 & 4: P.
Rnd 5: *K1, yo, k3, cdd, k3, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 6: *K2, yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 7: *K3, yo, k1, cdd, k1, yo, k2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 8: *K2, p2, yo, cdd, yo, p2, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 9: *K1, yo, ssk, p1, yo, cdd, yo, p1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 10: *K3, p1, k3, p1, k2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 11: *K2, yo, ssk, yo, cdd, yo, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 12: K.
Rnd 13 & 15: *K2, p1, k1, yo, cdd, yo, k1, p1, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 14 & 16: *K2, p1, k5, p1, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
About the Designer: Jaya
Jayalakshmi (aka Jaya) is a full time mom to twin girls. In the little precious “me time” that she gets, she packs in some knitting.
Her personal design philosophy is to create quick, simple, preferably seamless yet elegant knits that are as fun to knit as they are comfortable to wear.
Her Ravelry ID is jayashankar.