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Secret Treasures Cowl

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Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm

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

Finished Measurement: 12” deep x 28” around. One size fits most women.

GAUGE: 17 sts = 4”; 22 rows = 4” in Elongated Slip Stitch pattern. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.


  • RED HEART® Boutique™ Treasure™: 2 balls 1918 Abstract.
  • Knitting Needles: 6mm [US 10].
  • Yarn needle.

Special Abbreviations
wyib = with yarn in back of work.
wyif = with yarn in front of work.

Abbreviations: K = knit; mm = millimeters; P = purl;
st(s) = stitch(es); [ ] = work directions in brackets the
number of times specified.

Cast on 48 sts. Set up pattern as follows:
Row 1 (Wrong Side): K6, [p1, k4] 8 times, k2.
Row 2: K2, p4, [slip 1 purlwise wyib, p4] 8 times, k2.
Row 3: K6, [slip 1 purlwise wyif, k4] 8 times, k2.
Row 4: K2, p4, [slip 1 purlwise wyib, p4] 8 times, k2.
Repeat Rows 1-4 for Elongated Slip Stitch Rib Pattern until 28” from beginning. Bind off. Sew cast-on edge to bind-off edge to form tube.
Weave in any loose ends.


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I am in the process of knitting this and am finding that because of the knit stitches at the end and beginning of the rows the sides are curling in. What do I do about that.? Thanks much.

When you do row 3,,with yarn in front,,then purl,,it makes a yarn over,,I ended up with 8 extra stitches,,please let me know what I'm doing wrong??? Thanks muck

If you are creating new stitches, then you are doing the wyif incorrectly if you are creating new stitches you're not doing wyif, you are in fact doing a yo-the yo is a new stitch on the next row. when you move your yarn to the front don't wrap it around the needle just move it from front to back or back to front as necessary. Hope this helps.

I hate to sound dumb, but what does purlwise mean?

It just means to go into the stitch as if you were going to purl it instead of knitting it.

What does wyib mean after slip 1 purlwise? Thanks!

wyib = with yarn in back. It means that you hold your yarn behind the work as you slip the stick from left to right needle purlwise so that the yarn travels behind that stitch.

wyib means With yarn in back

What changes need to be made to use a circular needle, to eliminate the seam?

You won't be able to make it circular to eliminate the seam, the pattern won't translate to that - what you can do is use a provisional cast on and then kitchener the beginning to the end. That would eliminate the seam.

It would have to be a mighty small circular needle to do the pattern as written. However, It could be done with the mock cables running the other way with a cast on of about 80 - 120 stitches. Just reverse all directions -- Knits to purls, yif to yib, etc.

don't reverse ALL directions, just every other row's directions. And eliminate the edge stitches. I wish it was charted -- it would be so much easier to see.

Another easy way is to just cut and paste by highlighting the photo and patten, right click and select copy and then paste it onto a blank page and print.

I had to right mouse click then select "print."

How do I download? I can't find a print button. T. Humason

What's the answer - I find myself with the same problem as you described!


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