After working your welts, you’ll reach a section of the Eastside cowl that uses a stitch I’ve called the Twisted Loop Pattern. The pattern is difficult to put into words, so here’s a photo tutorial of how to work the first two rounds. After working the first two rounds, you’ll be in the groove and the rest of it will be smooth sailing.
For Rnd 1, just knit every stitch, wrapping the yarn twice. This creates really loose stitches, because each stitch is twice as long as it would be if you wrapped the yarn once. This is important for Rnd 2. TIP: Work REALLY LOOSELY on all rounds of the Twisted Loop Pattern. Using pointy needles also is helpful.
For Rnd 2, you will be knitting the second loop of each stitch together with the first loop of the next stitch. Here’s how that looks, step by step.
Because there is no second loop of a stitch to knit together with the first loop of the first stitch of the round, knit the first loop of the first stitch only, wrapping yarn twice. After this, you’ll be able to knit the second loop of each stitch together with the first loop of the following stitch all the way to the second loop of the last stitch of the round.
After you’ve cruised to the second loop of the final stitch, you have to move the marker to begin the next round. (If you just knit the second loop of the last stitch together with the first loop of the first stitch of the next round, you’ll knit your marker into your cowl.)
Here’s how the Twisted Loop Pattern will look after Rnds 1 and 2.
Got it? Carry on!