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Backseat Passenger

During the holiday break when I was sorting through my stash I re-found my lovely Madelinetosh Tosh Merino that I bought at the first annual Vogue Knitting Live. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year! And that the 3rd one will be in New York again next weekend! Anyway, I made it my mission to make something out of at least one of the skeins of City Lights that I bought and this long and cozy cowl is what resulted.

It’s a modified version of a traditional welted stitch pattern, meaning it’s not an even number of knit rows against purl rows. I’ve named it Backseat Passenger because of the yarn. Nearly a year ago I wrote about how this yarn was the limited edition colorway specifically made for the VKL event in NYC and sold only at Knitty City. As mentioned above, the colorway’s name is City Lights and instantly reminded me of being in the back of a taxi at night in New York City.

The pattern is free and can be downloaded from my Designs page and also from Ravelry. It’s kind of a long-ish cowl that can be doubled up for warmth. The yarn is spectacular and I highly recommend using it for this pattern if possible. Only one skein needed! Silky soft, luscious drape, color out of this world….this yarn has all the qualities that make being a knitter worthwhile. I had a lot of fun just photographing the cowl.

Regardless of the yarn you choose, I hope you have fun with this pattern. It’s simple, quick, and very easy to customize to make it your own. Happy knitting! ♥

10 thoughts on “Backseat Passenger

  1. Hi there, I have a daughter getting married on Feb 7th and she has opted for an angora (!!) cardigan bought from Zara to wear over her dress for the outside bits of the proceedings – – the neck is quite scoopy so she has been looking for a cowl to go with it. Nothing presents itself in the shops, so I will knit her one. I have your Backseat Passenger cowl on my Pinterest Wool board and She likes the drape of that one. We can’t get the yarn you have used in an Ivory-like colour. We are thinking that Rowan Kid Classic would go well with the cardigan yarn and their ‘white’ is a good colour. As more of a knitting expert than me, could you advise if that would translate for this pattern? I am more of a feltmaker. I have a ball of it in deep red and the tension square says 19 sts to 24 rows for 10 cm. There are 140m (153 yds) to a ball. I am guessing the yarn you used is much thicker. Any suggestions gratefully received. Rowan Big Wool has a white colour which would work with the cardigan but I feel the thickness of the yarn would be too much of a contrast with the angora of the cardi. We live in London, England so getting yarn is not difficult. Thanks for you help if you have time to reply to this. Carol xxx

    1. I think making the cowl with kid classic would be marvelous! You’ll probably need 2 skeins and perhaps go up a needle size depending on how drapey you want it to be. The beauty of this cowl is that it can work for all types of yarn. Please share a photo when you’re done and congrats to your daughter!! :)

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