Knitting in the Dark

Kyle has asked me why I keep knitting the same things over and over. For the record, they are not the same. They are similar in the same way that all shoes are similar to each other, but they are not the same.

You can’t have too many cowls in the fight against the winter wind. Plus, I wanted to practice knitting in the dark. The majority of this cowl was knit during, “The Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse”    I lost my place a few times when zombies were getting face-blasted, but it was easy to get started again.

If you too want to practice knitting in the dark or when you can’t see for whatever reason, (Hysterical blindness, perhaps? I feel that’s going to strike me any day now) this is an easy pattern to knit.  Plus, if you lose your place you’ll learn how to feel the difference between purls and knit stitches 🙂

AND BONUS: It looks super cute on your dog.

She’s so over being my model.


  • Size 11 (8mm) circular needles, 24 inch  (Gauge: 10 stitches = 4 inches)
  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, 1 skein (Pictured in Oatmeal)
  • Notions – tapestry needle, stitch marker

Cast on 53 stitches. Join in the round.  Place marker.
Row 1: Knit 1, purl 1, to the end of the row. The last stitch will be knit
Row 2: Purl 1, knit 1, to the end of the row. The last stitch will be purl.

Continue to knit the purls and to purl the knits until you’ve reached about 8.5 inches from the beginning of your work. Congrats! You’ve learned to knit seed stitch in the dark.

Bind off. Weave in the ends.
The end!

This cowl is about 8.5 inches tall and 22 inches in diameter. It’s long enough to pull up over my nose when the wind is blowing or to wear like a hood if I’ve reached full-on winter despair. It also scrunches up super cute (I suppose it “drapes nicely” Whatever) under my chin when I don’t need as much protection.

This also isn’t a full skein of yarn; it’s maybe 3/4ths – 7/8ths. (I was stash-busting) The cowl is absolutely adjustable if you want something fatter, skinnier, longer, etc. Just make sure you have an odd number of stitches on your needles and go for it 🙂


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