Abenaki Cowl by Vanessa Ewing
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Abenaki Cowl

Knitting
January 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round with smaller needle
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
5.0 mm (H)
560 yards (512 m)
54” circumference, 6 ½” width
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A multi-directional cowl striped in multiple directions. First, a trio of zigzags in three colors provides the platform for a corrugated vertical striped fabric on the reverse side.

The cowl can be worn with either side as the main side. Both sides are equally rich with texture and wearability.

Approximate Finished Measurements:
54” circumference, 6 ½” width
Materials (See Designer Note on yarns)
140—yards (128 meters) EACH in four colors of heavy worsted weight yarn.
We used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (140yds/50G, 100% American Wool):
Color Soot (CC1), Foothills (CC2), Almanac (CC3), Long Johns (CC4)

  • US Size 8 (5mm) 32” (81.28 cm) or 40” (101.6 cm) circular knitting needle plus a spare needle in a similar size and length
  • US Size 10 ½ (6.5mm) straight knitting needle, 9” or longer.
  • US Size H (5mm) crochet hook
  • 1 yard (.9 meter) of scrap yarn in a contrasting color from the rest. Cotton or cotton blends work best.
  • 5 yards (4.5 meters) of a strong yarn in a similar color and weight to CC4
  • 32” (.8 meter) of a strong yarn in a similar color to CC1 or CC3
  • 1 stitch marker
  • tapestry needle

Designer Note on yarns
I suggest using a yarn that is a more rustic with a less silky feel. This will provide the correct texture and structure for the cowl to come out as pictured.

When you work the Join the piece into a loop section and Join the lining together section, it is best to use a strong yarn to work kitchener stitch. The Brooklyn Tweed yarn is a bit delicate, which is why I don’t recommend working kitchener stitch with it.
Only a few yards of CC1 and CC3 were left in the skein. You may wish to purchase an additional skein of these two colors to ensure you can complete the project.

Gauge
18 sts, 24 rows = 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch in the round on US Size 8 (5mm) knitting needle after blocking. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

18 sts, 27 rows = 4” (10cm) in Zig Zag Lace on US Size 8 (5mm) knitting needle after blocking. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

18 sts, 32 rows = 4” (10cm) in Zig Zag Garter Stitch on US Size 10 ½ (6.5mm) knitting needle after blocking. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

18 sts, 27 rows = 4” (10cm) in Zig Zag Chevron on US Size 8 (5mm) knitting needle after blocking. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Designer Note The construction of the cowl is as follows: The body is worked in different colored sections. Once all 9 sections are complete, you will join the original cast on and the last row worked together to form a loop. Next, you will pick up and knit along the side edge of the loop for the lining. Lastly, you will pick up and knit along the other edge of the loop and work kitchener stitch to join the other side of the lining together. This way of joining the cowl is wonderful since it will eliminate the tedious seaming, and ensure your cowl will not be seamed too tightly or unevenly.