Rad Batad

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When my dear friend Corrie @corriekingsley asked if I’d like to join her in knitting a Batad, I was all in. I had seen many posts of flashy and spectacular Batads on Instagram, so I needed little convincing.

The Batad is a unique, welt-filled cowl pattern by West Knits. Welts are tubal sections of stockinette that are created by folding the knitting over itself and knitting a row of stitches together with the corresponding stitches at the base of the stockinette on the purl/reverse side. Think of them as sections of I-cord worked parallel to the fabric at regular intervals, which is contrary to the perpendicular orientation of the I-cord bind-off. The video below demonstrates how to work a welt:

My Batad is knit with Woolen Boon Boon Classic in the colorways Commando and Dirty Chai. My feelings for stripes are bearable, at best, and since the welts give off a stripey appearance I decided on a fairly neutral color route to play down the stripes a degree or two.

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The Batad is composed of nine welts and nine short row sections and ends with an I-cord bind-off. For my Rad Batad I knit only eight welts and short row sections before calling it a day. Not only do I prefer the eight sections to nine for a cowl, but by Welt No. 8 I was simply gassed on welts. I have friends who have suffered nightmares from those welts. It’s no joke.

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The camel tone of the Dirty Chai colorway matches my Fringe field bag perfectly and has got to be one of the richest browns in the universe. It’s like a golden chocolate. It doesn’t get any better than that!

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This small project results in a light piece for combating the frigid indoor conditions set by my husband and other merciless beings who collaborate with the AC every summer. I think it will also be quite ideal for fall. To view my Rad Batad project page on Ravelry click here. Go ahead and knit yourself one!

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Ugh, my hair is such a humidity wimp…

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