Achillea Cowl by Stephannie Tallent

Achillea Cowl

January 2013
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in Cabled pattern, large cowl
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
225 - 550 yards (206 - 503 m)
Small (Large); see Notes, below, for finished measurements
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This lovely cowl is an exploration of Aran Lace -- the technique of integrating lace techniques into cables.

The small cowl, shown in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in Campbell, a bright cheery green, has you cast on & jump right in to the main body of the cowl, and work only two repeats of the chart.

The large cowl, shown in Dream in Color Everlasting in Jeans, a lovely mix of greys, blues and faded brown, begins and ends with a lacy cabled border. Knit the bottom border first, graft the edges, then pick up the stitches for three repeats of the chart for the main body of the cowl. Work the top border by working the live stitches of the cowl main body with the edge stitch of the border.

Thanks to Annie Maloney, mzannieknits, whose amazing stitch dictionary Aran Lace is the source of the stitch patterns used.

Finished Measurements
Small: 27in / 68.5cm circumference, 8.25in/ 21cm high
Large: 39.75in / 101cm circumference, 12.25in/ 31cm high

Small: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, 100% wool (225 yds/206m per 4oz/114 g skein), 1 skein, shown in Campbell

Large: Dream in Color Everlasting DK, 100% Merino wool (275 yds/251m per 3.53oz/100g skein), 2 skeins, shown in Jeans

Note on yarn requirements: I used nearly all the yarn for each size (1 skein for the small, 2 for the large).

Small: US6/ 4mm needles, or size required to obtain gauge
Large: US5/ 3.75mm needles, or size required to obtain gauge

At least 1 stitch marker, more if desired, with 1 unique for beginning of round; yarn needle; cable needle if you use one; for large size only, waste yarn or extra circular for provisional cast-on

Small: Approx 26 sts & 30 rounds in 4in / 10cm in cabled patterns, blocked
Large: Approx 22 sts & 31 rounds in 4in / 10cm in cabled patterns, blocked

Knitting in the round, simple lace, cabling; for large version only, picking up stitches, grafting & provisional cast on

Both charts and line by line instructions are included.

Thank you to my tech editor, KT Vaughan.