I'm always honored when a collaboration is requested, either by a dyer or by a company, such as was the case with Jakku Jakku: The Yarnover Truck asked me to design a one-skein project for their yarn club featuring Apple Tree Knits. And when I pulled my skein of "Star Wars" out of the mail, I knew it had to be a squishy cowl: something fun and approachable to knit, but also something that will become a staple in the wardrobe. The soft grey's and blacks on the neutral white background make it easy to wear with everything in my closet.
Ok, so maybe it's not the best thing to wear if you're a bandit... but it will keep your neck warm and cozy without awkward bunching. The back of the cowl is shorter than the front it's the perfect height to wear on it's own, inside a jacket, or even tucked into a popped collar (think Diane Keaton)!
HERE'S THE DETAILS SO YOU CAN MAKE YOUR VERY OWN JAKKU JAKKU!
- Jakku Jakku knitting pattern
- Apple Tree Knits Purl Jams Plush DK (DK weight; 100% superwash merino; 280 yds / 256 m per 4 oz /113 g): 1 skein ‘Star Wars’
- US 6 (4mm) 16” / 40 cm circular needle
- Fixed stitch markers (3 distinct from one another)
- Removable stitch marker (optional)
- Row counter (optional)
19¾” / 50 cm neck circumference, 8” / 20 cm side depth, 14¾” / 37.5 cm front depth
20 sts and 40 rows = 4” / 10 cm in garter stitch, knit in the round, after blocking
- This cowl is worked both in the round, and flat. While a 16” circumference needle is needed for the work in the round, you may adjust needle length for the portion of the cowl worked flat, if desired.
- The flat portion of this cowl is created using the Wrap and Turn (W&T) short row method. Instructions are provided to create a W&T.
- As this cowl is worked in garter you won’t need to pick up the wrap when finishing the short row section. The garter stitch hides the wrap without holes.
- Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
- All sts will be slipped purlwise unless otherwise noted.
- This cowl is designed to use up the majority of a 280 yd / 256 m skein of DK weight yarn. If you are using a DK weight skein with less yardage, reduce the number of rows repeated between each increase row by 1 repeat until you begin working flat.
- When blocking this cowl, I recommend turning the cowl so that the EOR “seam” is facing up (you are looking at the WS of the short row section). Move the EOR seam o-center so that all 8 points are laid flat on the blocking mat. Pin each point out and allow the cowl to dry flat, off-center. When the cowl is completely dry, you may wish to steam out any fold lines that have occurred during the drying process.
SO? What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and your most scrumptious skein of DK and make a Jakku Jakku!