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Bringing Back the Garter Stitch

As much as I love Christmas and all involved with it, it never fails to bring a number of last minute, unexpected gifts that must be knitted at lightning speed.  And it doesn’t matter how well you try to prepare–I actually start taking my Christmas orders for knitted gifts in June or July.  This year is no different.  Despite the fact that in July none of my family wanted anything knitted for Christmas (Although, perhaps it’s my fault for expecting them to think about sweaters and scarves when it’s 110 degrees outside), they all banned together to form a sinister committee–here I am forced to imagine the leader with a handlebar mustache and a sinister grin–a few weeks before Christmas to decide on the multitude of knitted gifts they expect to see under the tree.  Against my wishes, they decided to hold an emergency meeting last night so they could demand more knitted items a mere week before Christmas.  Well…challenge accepted.

If this sounds anything like your family, it can make the week before Christmas a bit stressful.  But now is the time to reach inside yourself, muster up that last bit of knitting furry, and forge onward!  There may only be a week before Christmas, but do not despair.  For within your arsenal you have hundreds of needles, skeins of yarn, and stitch markers galore!  You are ready for this!

So before the Christmas knitting bogs you down, keep this soft and lofty cowl in mind.  It’s classic garter stitch on a grand scale.  Leslie knit this cowl out of five skeins of Alegretto by SMC on size 17, 32-40″ needles.  This washable mohair blend is incredibly warm and because it knits up to a whopping  5 stitches over 4″, you can whip it out in absolutely no time at all, much to the dismay of that dastardly committee with their sinister grins.  You could also use two skeins of Twinkle Soft Chunky if you prefer merino to the mohair.  Either way, you end up with a wonderfully warm cowl under the tree.  So stop by and grab the yarn and pattern today! –Michael

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