Thursday, February 12, 2009

Turtle Tracks Cowl (knit) Free Pattern

This stitch is based on Barbara Walker's Track of the Turtle stitch pattern. Kathy Wesley of Creative Knitting Magazine (March 2005 issue) has a sock pattern called "Curvy Lace Socks". That pattern uses the same stitch. Permission has been obtained to adapt that stitch with this cowl.

Here goes:

(c) Vicki Suan 2009
2 skeins Lion Brand Cashmere
US size 8 circular needles (5 mm)

Cast on 90 (99 for looser fit). Join, making sure the stitches are not twisted.

K1 P1 rib for 1 1/2 inch . Or you can do seed stitch instead of rib .

Start pattern. This is a multiple of 9 stitches.

1st round : Knit all stitches

2nd round and all even rounds: * P2, K7. repeat from *

3rd round: * K3, YO, K2, SSK, K2. repeat from *

5th round: * K4, YO, K2, SSK, K1. repeat from *

7th round: * K5, YO, K2, SSK. rep from *

9th round: Knit all stitches

11th round: * K4, K2tog, K2, YO, K1. repeat from *

13th round: * K3, K2tog, K2, YO, K2. repeat from *

15th round: * K2, K2tog, K2, YO, K3. repeat from *

16th round: *P2, K7. repeat from *

Rep rounds 1-16 for as long as you prefer. With my 2 skeins of LB cashmere, I stopped when I had just enough to finish the border.

For final border, K1 P1 rib for another 1 1/2 inch. Or you can do seed stitch. Bind off loosely.

(c) This is a free pattern and is not meant to be sold. Please do not post this pattern on your website or blog. Better yet, just point them to my blog by including this link.

Note: I'm still trying to research how I can upload a pdf copy of this pattern on this blog. In the meantime, you can get it at Ravelry by clicking on this LINK.


Lil Knitter said...

I recently developed a "thing" for cowls and I love this one!! Thanks for's going on my to-do list right now. :)

amy said...

Just queued it on Rav. Very pretty cowl and just right to use one or two random balls in the stash! Thank you for writing this up!

Happy Older Hippie Woman! said...

I have great affection for turtles. If I see one in the road, I'll pull my car over to the shoulder, grab a small towel I keep in my car and place it on top of the turtle, grab it gently on the sides and then find the closest watery oasis for it. I'm glad I found this pattern because I recently enjoyed a turtle-saving story from my friend, Ruth, and thought this cowl would be a lovely holiday gift to her for helping a turtle in need.

Marla Kellman said...

This is gooorgeous!!!

Liz said...

I've been looking for a pattern like this. Have some yarn that I just bought and can't wait to start this one. I'll send ya a pic when I get done.

Happy Older Hippie Woman! said...

I knitted the Cowl in a Medium Sage-ish Green for a friend for her Solstice gift - she LOVES it! Thanks again for a wonderful, nature-inspired pattern.

Anonymous said...

Love this pattern, terrific! Will use some beautiful hand dyed alpaca yarn! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

Anonymous said...

Hi - what does the SSK stand for in your pattern please? Also I presume that YO is yarn over needle, am I correct? Looking forward to knitting this when I know.

Vicki Suan said...

SSK means slip, slip, knit. Slip the first stitch as if to knit, slip the 2nd st as if to knit, then knit both stitches together through the back loop

Unknown said...

Hi, I love this pattern but, I'm having a problem with row 11. I keep ending with a couple of extra stitches! I've started this row three times finding 2-3 extra stitches at the end of this row I've counted the stitches on row ten and have 99 stitches on my needles. I have sequesteried myself to a place with no distractions and still end up wrong. It is turning out beautiful but I'm at my wits end.
Any suggestions?

Vicki Suan said...

Roxanne, the only thing I can think off is you might have missed an SSK (slip, slip, knit two together). The number of stitches should not change. It's always a repeat of 9 stitches. You said you have 99 on row 10 and that should be correct. Maybe try putting a stitch marker after every 9 stitches?

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Unknown said...

How do you knit in the back of the two slipped stitches in ssk when they are already on the right hand needle?

Vicki Suan said...

Here's a video link on how to knit into the back loop

Unknown said...

Thanks for the video but it shows how to do it with the stitches on the left needle not the right where the slipped stitches would be

Vicki Suan said...

Here is another video that shows you how to do the SSK. This explains the stitch really well.

Unknown said...

Thanks. Got it!

Anonymous said...

I just have a question because I'm doing it now in row 7 to do this series * K5, YO, K2, SSK. rep from * you need 10 stitches it can't work because you'll be having 9 stitches only ,what's ur advice because even if I knot it it'll end up with 100 stitches for next row because there's a YO in the last series without an SSK

Unknown said...

Thank you for this great Cowl well done. Love it and easy to follow. It reminds me of Cables and its lovely Mado

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Anonymous said...

Is this pattern 'right side' facing? I've started it, with a roll edge (st st) purl side facing, which will be my 'wrong side' Now I have come to look at the pattern, I think I'm the wrong way round...🙈