72 Degrees North by K.M. Bedigan

72 Degrees North

February 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
400 yards (366 m)
One Size.
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72° N is the normal latitude for the Artic tree line in the northern hemisphere. Beyond this point, trees no longer grow due to incompatible conditions (barring a few exceptions where conditions are atypical). This cosy hooded cowl has decorative lace tree motifs which emulate the decrease in trees – in terms of both numbers and size.

Folded hems, decreases and short row shaping create a gently-shaped accessory that can be worn as a cowl or a snug hood.

The pattern is written for a heavy fingering / light sportweight yarn and is designed to produce a soft, flowing fabric which is still warm and cosy. The original sample used 1 skein of Old Maiden Aunt Merino/Cashmere/Nylon 4 Ply in the ‘Seen the Ocean’ colourway. Heavier weight yarns could be used but it is recommended to swatch first. Please note that if choosing alternative yarn weights that yardage / sizing may vary.

Pattern Format
Lace motifs are both written and charted.

440 yds / 400m of fingering weight / 4 ply yarn.
4 mm / US 6 mm circular needles
5 stitch markers (different colours / types are useful for distinguishing the different sections)
Tapestry needle
Optional – Waste Yarn (only if using a provisional cast on)

24 st x 30 rows for 4” / 10 cm in stocking stitch.

One size as written. Length – 9.5” / 24cm at front, 21” / 53cm at back. Diam. – 28” / 71cm at cast on edge, 24” / 61cm at cast off edge.