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River Birch Cowl

By: Leslie from A Friend to Knit With

This dainty knit cowl pattern is a charming way to accessorize. The River Birch Cowl is a wispy neck accessory that's great for adding a unique texture to your outfit. This rustic-looking knit cowl is knit with the garter and Kitchener stitch. The River Birch cowl is a quick and easy project, and will look great with a casual or dressy outfit. Try it with a neutral top and jeans or over a dress for a fun and flirty look.

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Knitting Needle Size15 or 10 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

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This cowl is a great fashion accessory, particularly for summer. It looks so light and airy. It is so easy as well because it is done in garter stitch. However, the instructions call for use of the kitchener to join the ends. I don't think that is an easy stitch. Like others, I will just stitch the ends together because I can't figure out the kitchener stitch even after an instructional video. If anyone finds a useful video or set of instructions for kitchener stitch, I would love to see it.

Three needle bind off is easier and provides a more stable finish than the kitchener stitch does.

I love that this cowl is so dainty. Bigger cowls overwhelm me, being a small woman, but this one looks just right. So nice to hear from the comments that it drapes well.

Just finished knitting this and I love it! It was a super quick knit. I got super lazy with my tension, so I have a few loose stitches, but what I love about this is that it falls in a way that you can't even see those loose stitches!

This looks like a nice and airy cowl that would still be warm. Being knitted on a large needle will make it a quick knit for a special occasion or a gift. It would have been nice to have a little more explanation of the provisional cast on and kitchener stitch for those who have not done that before. You Tube is a wonderful tool.

This was included in an email for all garter stitch patterns. The pattern calls for kitchener stitch with no further information on how or what it is. While it is a lovely cowl and I was excited to make it, it is more than a garter stitch. Disappointing.

The kitchener stitch is a bind off method used to join two sides of your piece, but I used a long-tail cast on and the three needle bind off and it worked just fine

I have knit this a couple of times and love it - it looks like this when done -- but the kitchener stitch is a challenge lol have to be honest, decided to simply cast on and off the ordinary way and stitch it together -- too impatient

The kitchener stitch has been around forever. My grandmother's old knitting books had it and it was used a lot back then but haven't see it recently and I am now a grandmother

I have never heard of the "Kitchener" stiitch in all of my half a century knitting experience. I too do not recognize the stitch within the cowl. I am however, looking forward to see what it's all about. All of you newbie knitters, even I am still learning!

Kitchener stitch is a method of joining two "live" rows of stitches to make a seam. That is why the pattern calls for a provisional cast on so the beginning and end of the pattern can be seamed using the Kitchener technique. There are lots of You Tube videos showing this technique.

Its fairly new in popularity-I've been knitting almost as long as you and only started hearing this about 2 or 3 years ago. I use a three needle bind off and it works just as well, for us that are a little older and maybe don't have the dexterity that the younger knitters have.

i am sorry but that does not look like the garter stitch to me am i seeing wrong? i use that stitch all the time with the scarves i knit for the VA and none of them look like that

I agree, I don't think the picture matches the pattern that has been provided.

I'm in the process of knitting this now - the size of the needle vs the size of the yarn makes each stitch way bigger than the garter stitch we're used to seeing. Mine is starting to look like the picture, it's just big, stretched out garter stitch. Hope this helps!!

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