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Willowwork Cowl: how to knit RC and LC stitches and 1x1x1 LC too

by Fiona Stevenson

Has everyone tried knitting the gauge swatch in the round described in yesterday’s post? Then we’re on to the beautiful lattice colorwork, the highlight of the Willowworks Cowl. The colorwork is accomplished using a combination of stranded knitting, twisted stitches, and cables. For my cowl, I used Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash yarn in Pomegranate Heather for color A (foreground and borders), and Azure Heather color B (background).

The pattern is designed to move stitches left or right always keeping the main color A in the foreground.

Learn the twists and turns that make the beautiful pattern of the Willowworks Cowl.

Although these stitches are not really complex they may be challenging at first, so I’ve made two videos to help you become familiar with them. The first video demonstrates the LC (left cross) and RC (right cross) stitches. As the name suggests, the LC stitches moves the dominant color (A) to the left in front of the background color (B). The RC moves it to the right. In my video I don’t give verbal instructions; visual only. I did slow both videos down to help you see the pattern being worked.

The second video covers the 1x1x1 LC which is a cable combined with a twisted stitch worked over 3 stitches. I actually preferred working this by cabling without a needle, but I made the video for you using a cable needle. Well, actually it was the end of a paintbrush as I’d forgotten my cable needle at home that day. I’m the queen of knithacks.

All the twist and cable/twist stitches in this pattern may seem daunting at first, but after a repeat or two, I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it. I hope these videos have helped you out.

Using Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash to knit up the Willowworks Cowl pattern takes this everyday accessory from beautiful to luxurious.

Pop in tomorrow for instructions on how to do the Simple Stretchy Bind Off to give the bottom edge of the Willowworks Cowl a bit of flare. Then, on Friday, feel better about your holiday knitting goals by laughing at mine.

Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash wool in color Azure Heather is color B in my Willowworks Cowl.

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Willowworks Cowl: how to knit a quick gauge swatch in the round

Go to part 4: Simple Stretchy Bind Off adds flare to your knitted edge


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