This Churchmouse Classroom First Projects pattern will teach you how to knit soft and elegant stockinette stitch. You'll work stockinette back and forth (knit a row, purl a row) for the handwarmers. For the cowl, you'll be delighted when you knit in the round: the knit side is always facing you, so you just knit, knit, knit. Once you've tried it both ways, it'll make sense-you'll see!
PHOTO TUTORIALS IN THIS PATTERN: Joining in the round. Make-one increases. Slipped bind-off for thumb opening. Mattress-stitch seaming in stockinette stitch, side-to-side.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: the cable cast-on method, the knit stitch, the purl stitch (handwarmers only), binding off, and weaving in tails.
Cowl: Approx. 24"/61cm around x 7"/18cm deep.
Handwarmers: 6.5"/16.5cm around palm x 6"/15cm long.
YARN Cowl: Approx. 140 yds/128m of worsted-weight yarn (ball band should suggest a gauge of approx. 18 stitches = 4"/10cm).
Handwarmers: Approx. 90 yds/82m of worsted-weight yarn (ball band should suggest a gauge of approx. 18 stitches = 4"/10cm.)
NEEDLES & NOTIONS Cowl: US 9 (5.5mm) 16"/40cm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Handwarmers: US 8 (5mm) needles (straight or circular), or size needed to obtain gauge. Note: Handwarmers are knit on smaller needles for a slightly denser fabric. 2 stitch markers.
Blunt darning needle to finish.
GAUGE Cowl: Approx. 16 stitches = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch.
Handwarmers: Approx. 18 stitches = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch.