Serenity Seed Stitch Cowl

Last year around this time, I partnered with We Are Knitters and knit my very first project as an adult: the gorgeous Cucho Scarf which you can see me wearing below.  It sparked my interest in knitting again, and I also knit my first sweater using their Bahia Sweater kit months later.  Sometimes it can be difficult finding that perfect shade of peachy-pink, but We Are Knitters offers a gorgeous colour called “Salmon” that I am absolutely smitten with.  When they asked if I wanted to try their brand new fiber, the Meriwool, I did not hesitate at all, and I was delighted to see that it came in my favourite colour!

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The Meriwool is 100% superwash merino wool that is incredibly soft and squishy- I do not find it itchy at all.  It is much thinner than the wool I used to knit the Cucho Scarf as the Meriwool is worsted weight.  One ball goes far as it is 150 yds/136 m and 3.5 oz/100 g.

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After knitting my huge Cucho Scarf aka Super Scarf (very on trend right now), I wanted to knit a more delicate seed stitch cowl that I could loop around twice and tuck into my jacket when going about my daily errands.  The knitted seed stitch is one of my favourite stitches due to its amazing texture and look, so I used this stitch for my cowl.  I decided to work in turned rows and seam up my work at the end instead of working in rounds.  This way, I could determine the length as I went.  I actually had to frog my work a couple of times as determining the width at the beginning was a little hard.  I did not want it to be a flimsy and skinny scarf, so I casted on A LOT of stitches at the beginning.  After going through one skein of Meriwool, however, I knew that I would not be able to wrap this cowl around twice with three more balls.  I frogged my work and went with 51 stitches which ended up being the perfect number!

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This seed stitch scarf will always hold a special place in my heart as this was the project that I was working on during a hospital visit for Ryan.  As my needles fell into a soothing rhythm, God granted me insurmountable peace as I prayed while knitting away.  This scarf will forever be a reminder to me of the power of prayer, God’s healing hand, to be thankful in all circumstances, and His peace that transcends all understanding.  This is the reason why I named this scarf the “Serenity Seed Stitch Cowl“!  Our family is all healthy and doing well now, praise God!  I ended up working on this project for a couple of months as it was my “don’t need to focus too much” project on the go.  I am so used to crocheting and knitting chunky cowls that work up quickly with super bulky yarn and large needles and hooks.  It was a nice change of pace to work on such a delicate project.

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One of the joys of working with wool is being able to use my felting needle!  When it was time to join a new ball of yarn, I simply felted the ends together seamlessly with my Clover felting tool. This way, no yarn was wasted and I didn’t need to weave in any ends.  Typically superwash merino is specially treated so that it cannot be felted in the wash with water.  However, it seems to work when felting just the ends with agitation!  You can read my detailed blog post about “How To Felt Yarn Ends Together” HERE!

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You can see me felting in action in this video below:

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After casting off my stitches, it was time to seam up my work!

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I simply whip stitched the ends together as shown below!

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After seaming up the ends, my cowl was complete!  I was so excited to wear it and feel its softness and warmth around my neck!

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Here is the free pattern for my “Serenity Seed Stitch Cowl“!

Materials:


Cast on 51 stitches.

R1: Slip a stitch, *K1, P1* till end . (Slipping a stitch at the beginning of each row creates a beautiful edge along the sides.)

R2: Repeat R1.

R3-360: Repeat R1

Cast off and leave long end for sewing.  Whip stitch ends together

Measurements: 13.8″/35 cm wide, 60″/152 cm long (circumference of cowl)

****If you do not want a seam, work in continuous rounds using circular needles.  You will be casting on the length/circumference of the cowl, so if you want the cowl to loop around twice, you will have a very large number of stitches per round.

Cast on 361 stitches (odd number).

R1: *K1, P1* till end. (No need to slip a stitch since you are working in continuous rounds- no edging is created.)

R2: Repeat R1.

R3-51: Repeat R1.

Cast off stitches and felt end.

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The Serenity Seed Stitch Cowl is one of my favourite cowls to wear since it drapes and folds so beautifully.

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It feels so soft against my skin and I do not overheat wearing it.  Superwash merino is such an amazing fiber to wear and work with!

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Here you can see the full length of the scarf!  You can also see the seam- if you do not want a visible seam, you could try working in continuous rounds!

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I am teaming up with We Are Knitters to give one of YOU the chance to try their scrumptious Meriwool in this amazing GIVEAWAY!  One reader will win FOUR SKEINS OF MERIWOOL in the colour of their choice so you can make your own Serenity Seed Stitch Cowl (or any project you’d like of course)!  To enter:

  1. Subscribe to the We Are Knitters newsletter HERE (mandatory)!
  2. Leave a comment below and let us know which colour you would choose– check them all out HERE (they’ve got some amazing sprinkle options)!
  3. Check Instagram and Facebook for more ways to enter!

This giveaway will close on Sunday, January 8th at 8 PM MST and is open to residents of the continental USA, Canada, and Europe.  Thank you for reading and have fun looking around!  We Are Knitters is currently having a big sale on their website (many yarns and kits are 25% off) until January 10th.  After this date, you can use my code “WAKABOUTAMI” to get 20% off your orders!  If you are a crocheter and you don’t know how to knit, stay tuned for my beginner’s knitting series launching soon in a couple of weeks!  I will demonstrate some basic knitting stitches and show you how to create some gorgeous pieces using them!  You can sign up HERE to get e-mail updates every time I publish a blog post, or you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!  And of course, there is a certain amigurumi who will be making an appearance soon as per our tradition every year (see last year’s Chinese New Year Monkey HERE)!  Have a wonderful 2017, everyone, and thank you for your continued support!

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Note: Thank you to We Are Knitters for providing the wool for this project!

  • Cesca

    I would definitely also pick the salmon. I love that color and already made the we are knitters moonstone blanket in it, which is so warm and cuddly. I haven’t worked with the Meriwool yet, but as I love the other wools from we are knitters I would love to be able to try out their merino.

  • Jess V

    Definitely Sprinkle Fantasy! I adore working with merino wool, though I haven’t had a chance to try WAK’s products yet.

  • Megan Price

    While I also like the Sprinkle Pink, I just love the Salmon color you picked. It looks so pretty against the grays and whites of winter.

  • Sarah Sullivan

    Salmon for me but I also love their natural and soft taupe colours. Love your work, I have made a few of your lovely cowl patterns my favourite is the Triple Luxe Cowl. I only learned to crochet in the last 2 years and found your patterns, tutorials and clear instructions very helpful. Now taking the next step and launching my own blog to help others on the craft journey.

  • I love the aquamarine or the salmon! 🙂

  • Krissy

    I would love the mustard color or the sprinkles in pink. Although I’d be happy getting any ball of wool from them. I’ve had my eye one these for a while know and just haven’t pulled the trigger.

  • Chiara

    Hi!:)
    I love WeAreKnitters products, I’ve already made “Downtown Snood” and I love it!
    If I have the fortune to win this giveaway I would like to receive the Meriwool in salmon color 🙂
    Thank you Ami and WeAreKnitters for this possibility!
    I’m sorry for possible writing mistakes but English isn’t may native language 🙂
    Have a nice day!
    Chiara

  • Natalie Criscione

    Sprinkle Blue! So beautiful <3

  • Melissa Gaige

    I would love the sprinkle blue! Or the salmon! Or any color really…they are all so pretty! 🙂

  • Emilee Manley

    I would love the salmon color that you used! I am already signed up for the We Are Knitters newsletter. Thank you for the giveaway! I love your patterns, my favorite is the cabled hat! I have made at least 10 of them.

  • Stacey

    I love all the colors, so hard to choose just one! Aquamarine. Sparkle Fantasy. Mustard and Navy.

  • Unique2co

    Meriwool in spotted grey!

  • Marsha Bell

    I would love to try the navy! I just love navy. I can’t wait to try this new pattern. Thank you.

  • Madelyn VanKooten

    I love the spotted grey. Thank you so much for the giveaway! So happy that your family is healthy again.

  • Lisa

    I would pick the salmon as well! Definitely a favourite of mine as well😍

  • Vero

    I love all the colours but if I have to choose just one, then I would go for the natural 😍 . Thanks for the giveaway and your amazing blog

  • mystyk163

    Beautiful scarf/cowl!!
    All of the colors are so beautiful, its too hard to choose just one!!
    I would love to have the Superwash Sprinkle Blue!!

    Happy to know that Ryan is well <3 Thank you for sharing your knowledge and talent. XOXO

  • Jacqi Raymond

    Would love to win the Mustard color.

  • Leanne

    I need to learn how to knit, and what better project than this beautiful scarf? I’d pic the salmon as well, it’s such a gorgeous colour!

  • Cindy N

    Thanks for the pattern and giveaway. I would choose Sprinkle Pink!

  • Catherine Richardson

    I’m just learning to knit so this is perfect! I would pick mustard 🙂

  • Kelsie Weeks

    My New Years resolution is to re-learn how to knit. I think I’m going to start with this project. I love the Sprinkle Pink.

  • Kailey

    All of the we are knitters yarn is so beautiful! But I think I would choose the aquamarine ^-^.
    Happy holidays (:

  • emily

    I would choose spotted gray. Thank you for sharing your wonderful patterns!

  • julia caraballo

    I would choose sprinkle pink. Thanks

  • Monica de Moss

    Hmm I love your serenity seed stitch cowl and would look lovely in a combination of Meriwool grey and black. Thank you for the share – Hope that Ryan is doing much better.

  • Toni Lipsey

    Just got new needles and would love to try this out, perhaps in this salmon color and gray 😍

  • Katherine

    Spotted grey

  • Barbara Noel

    Spotted grey!! Love this.

  • Danijela

    Sprinkles!Amazing giveaway!

  • Jess Adamson

    Ive had my eye on the Sprinkle fantasy yarn for a while! Love the effect it makes when knitted 😘

  • Kat Kelliher

    The aquamarine is so pretty!

  • Marisa

    I would love the Sprinkle Blue! 😋

  • Trang Black

    I like the salmon too!

  • Rosalin Afan

    The Mustard is so so pretty! and even the Aquamarine one too! Every shades is just lovely. Thank you for hosting this giveaway Stephanie and we are knitters!

  • Xinny

    Loving salmon!

  • Mallory Finnie

    I love the sprinkle blue, salmon and mustard! Gorgeous colours!

  • Meg Rawie Haines

    Loving the Aquamarine!! Gorgeous pattern too

  • Katie

    The aquamarine and sprinkle blue are gorgeous!

  • Jessica F

    The Salmon colour is my favourite for sure!

  • Janine Vuong

    I love the mustard color!

  • Bonnie

    I like the aquamarine or salmon color.

  • Jaybird Jdr

    I love the spotted grey!!!

  • gina t

    I love the salmon shade.

  • Christina Pratt

    I really love the natural.

  • Nancy Wang

    The sprinkle fantasy and aquamarine are my favourites!

  • Beth

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful project. If I could make it I would love to do it in sprinkle pink.

  • Tifanny

    I am really excited when I first saw this post on Instagram! WAK yarn is on my top list yarn to be knitted, I really want to try them badly 🙁 Salmon shade will be my favor if I can win the giveaway *crossfingers*

  • Stephanie MacLaren

    I love the salmon!!! I’ve been wanting to try it for a while now!😊

  • Emma W.

    Beautiful work! I would love to make something in the aquamarine! (And I can’t wait to see your next traditional amigurumi. :D)

  • Jessica

    The sprinkle blue looks like a lot of fun to work with!

  • Andrea Thompson

    I love the Salmon yarn. I’ve been wanting to buy some of this, but it’s so pricey. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Carla Berry Kemp

    Aquamarine is one of my favorite colors. I would love to try it out.

  • Alicia Holden

    You’re right about the salmon being the perfect shade of peach – i’d love to make something with it!

  • amanda

    Gotta go with the salmon too! So pretty!! <3

  • yoitzo

    This looks so cute!!! I would LOVE to try this yarn out and this cowl looks perfect! I’d love the Aquamarine!

  • Crystal Hirose

    I like the Navy yarn 🙂

  • Cheri

    Would love the mustard. Just the right shade of happiness!

  • Annka

    I’d love the Salmon yarn 🙂
    I love your blog and your patterns 🙂
    Sometimes it ist very difficult to translate the patterns 😀
    I’m from Germany 🙂

  • Kateřina Zourková

    I love We Are Knitters yarns and I would love to try the Meriwool. Love the Aquamarine!

  • Sandy Dodson

    Love this pattern – and love love the spotted grey!

  • Melody Malig

    I would love love love to make this in sprinkle fantasy! 🙂

  • angela1a

    Love that color as well, also , great idea to felt the yarn together, must remember that wonderful tip next time as I have a felter now.

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