Chunky Seed Stitch Cowl

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Chunky Seed Stitch Cowl

Happy Wednesday!

What I love most about this space is how connected you start feeling to people that you’ve never even met in real life. I feel so grateful for finding new friends, to share my pieces of life, craft and joy with you!

Pat has always been such a great supporter of me and I am so thankful for meeting her here! Awhile ago Pat and I decided to do a yarn swap. I sent her some 100% cotton yarn made in Mexico and she got me local alpaca yarn. It was the first swap for me and I was happy as a child when I received my package. First of all, it was an amazing feeling to get something from a person who shares your passion and has been so supportive through the whole blogging journey! Second of all, the yarn is gorgeous – 100% baby alpaca in beautiful pearl grey color from the farm. The skein is ridiculously soft – I want to wrap my whole body in it!! I was saving it for something special, but simple. I have some yarn left from Reindeer cardigan and they happen to look and feel so good together!

seed stitch cowl

So, I got an idea to mix both of these beauties in one project. The spring is definitely in the air in my corner of the world, but mornings are still pretty chilly, so I need something warm and chunky for my early morning walks with the dog. I wanted to make a big chunky oversize cowl that would be a great zen knitting project. Two stitches came to mind – seed and moss stitch.

seed stitch cowl

After looking at both of them for a couple of days I picked the good old seed stitch. Beautiful texture, very easy to knit and merino/silk is just perfect for it. I am holding two strands together of DK weight yarn to get a very chunky look at the end.

seed stitch cowl

The idea of the cowl is simple – just knit in the round until I run out of yarn. I am thinking of making it long enough to double wrap around my neck for extra coziness. One strand of 100% baby alpaca will be added to one strand of merino/silk at the end to create a slight gradient effect. This is another reason why I chose seed over moss stitch – gradient looks amazing in seed!

It was supposed to be a side project for quiet evenings when I am just too tired to knit anything more elaborate. But I really got into it and my Chunky Seed Stitch cowl grew significantly already – I won’t be surprised if I finish it by the end of this week. The cowl is growing huge and is so soft that I want to wrap myself in it right now!

seed stitch cowl

Reading. I picked up a book from our book shelve that I’ve been curious about for a long time – “Code, The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software”. I don’t know why on earth I need to read it, but the description is very promising and I am curious to find out more!

seed stitch cowl

I am joining Yarn Along to see what others are reading and working on.

Have a great Wednesday!



By | 2016-02-10T08:39:37+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Knitting, Work in Progress|36 Comments


  1. Becki February 10, 2016 at 9:17 am - Reply

    I love reading everything about how you process, Alina. Here, how you thoughtfully knitted up two samples to know which you’ll feel more satisfied with. And then studied them for a couple of days. It’s going to look great when finished. It looks great now! 🙂

    • Alina February 10, 2016 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Becki! I used to avoid all the preparation for the project before, but now I do enjoy it – it actually saves time!

  2. Kim Goodling February 10, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

    A friend just gave me a chunky cowl that she knit and I love it! I love your gray, but I have an affinity for more natural looking colors. I have some bulky yarn that I have wondered what to do with it… you have me thinking!

    • Alina February 10, 2016 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Chunky cowls are the best! I always love the yarn you choose for your projects, I am also drawn to more earthly colors right now.

  3. Zeta February 10, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

    How lovely! From the yarn swap to the chunky cowl! I can understand why you can’t let it of your hands 🙂

    • Alina February 10, 2016 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Baby alpaca is soo soft! You should definitely try it someday!

  4. Katherine February 10, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Looks so scrumptious – I bet you can’t wait to snuggle into your new cowl on your early morning walks! I like the idea too of an easy, unchallenging knit – so comforting to do that sort of knitting occasionally.

    • Alina February 10, 2016 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Katherine! I am really enjoying working on it and I know I will use it a lot!

  5. Tracey February 10, 2016 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Swaps are so much fun and I’m glad you had that experience too.
    Great looking yarn and the seed stitch looks so pretty knit with it.

    Code for fun? You make me smile!

    • Alina February 10, 2016 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tracey! I know, I am a nerd 🙂 I blame Montessori!

  6. Elaine February 10, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Your cowl looks wonderfully warm and cosy

    • Alina February 10, 2016 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Elaine! And it is so squishy – wonderful yarn!

  7. Jen February 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    I just knit something similar— only that yarn is so much more gorgeous. Seed stitch is so cathartic and I love the texture!

    • Alina February 10, 2016 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Jen! I hope you are enjoying your cowl!!

  8. Andrea @ This Knitted Life February 10, 2016 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos, as always. It is remarkable how much smaller our blogs can make the world seem as friendships form across lands faraway. Yarn and love unite all. xoxo

    • Alina February 10, 2016 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! You are so right!! I am really grateful for meeting so many people and sharing a piece of me!

  9. Ady Grafovna February 10, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    The story behind your cowl, from yarn choice to stitch choice, is lovely. And I also love your choice in book. I find that I often read nonfiction that does not apply to my life, but does engage my mind.

    • Alina February 10, 2016 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Ady! I used to read only fiction book, but complete hooked on non-fiction right now. So much new to learn!

  10. Pat February 10, 2016 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I’m happy that my local alpacas will be keeping you warm 🙂 I just finished a swatch with your yarn. For once in my life I got gauge straight out of the gate. I can’t wait to get started on my top.

    • Alina February 11, 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Yay! Enjoy your knitting with it, such a soft cotton! Love your alpaca!

  11. Tien February 10, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Sometimes the simplest of projects bring the most joy. What a great idea to combine these two yarns. I bet they feel so luxurious as you are knitting on this cowl. What a lovely swap story too!

    • Alina February 11, 2016 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Thank you, Tien! Yes, these small, no-plan projects are so enjoyable! Love the combo of merino/silk and alpaca – such a pleasure to knit and wear!

  12. karen February 11, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply

    perfect stitch pattern for a nice yarn that has a bit of sheen to it (at least on my computer it does!). I love the way the stitches pop!

    • Alina February 11, 2016 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Thank you, Karen. Yes, it does have a nice sheen to it!

  13. Debbie February 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    looks beautiful…i have not “advanced” to those stitches!!!

    • Alina February 12, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you! If you know knit and purl, it should be no problem for you!

  14. sustainablemum February 11, 2016 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    I always love to read about your project thought process. You consider things I wouldn’t and that makes me think too, which I love! Thank you. Your cowl is looking good :).

    • Alina February 12, 2016 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for these words! I am happy to help in some way!

  15. Sarah w. February 11, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I love that you show your swatches off. It gives such wonderful insight into how you go about choosing your patters. Lovely color. I look forward to seeing the cowl.

    • Alina February 12, 2016 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Sarah! I used to ignore swatching before, but now it is my favorite part of the process!

  16. Julie February 11, 2016 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    your cowl is looking so beautiful!!! Sometimes it’s the simple, repetitive stitches that give us a really zen sort of knit. It’s going to be so cozy when it’s done.

    • Alina February 12, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! It was such a great break from the complex stitches!

  17. Elise February 12, 2016 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    I love seed stitch and those colours are gorgeous 🙂

  18. Carmela Biscuit February 13, 2016 at 1:49 am - Reply

    This is going to be an amazing cowl! I might copy you next year, I think I need a similar cowl myself 🙂

    • Alina February 14, 2016 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Thank you, Carmela! Oh, you should – it is such a wardrobe staple!

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