Aftermath by Laura Aylor
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March 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette zig-zag pattern
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 11 - 8.0 mm
175 - 665 yards (160 - 608 m)
long in worsted weight - 6.75" tall and 46" around; short in bulky weight - 6 inches tall and 25" around - easily customized for different sizes/weights/gauges
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This cowl was designed with the intention of using up bits and pieces of worsted weight or bulky yarn, but it can be done in just two colors or as many as you like. It would also be striking in a variegated colorway paired with a solid or semi-solid. Four of the ten pattern rows are not stranded, so this is a great first colorwork project.

For the scrap versions shown, leftovers were divided into darks and lights and then alternated as color 1 and color 2. Each bit was knit with until it ran out, adding the next color in that set wherever that occurred. Adding colors in the middle of pattern repeat gives an interesting fractured effect. All those pesky ends can be joined with a knot that will be hidden inside the tube.

Different yarn weights or gauges can be easily substituted with simple adjustments in the number cast on and length knit. Yardage will vary accordingly.

Skills required
Provisional cast-on
Stranded knitting

DK/Worsted version shown: 23 stitches and 23 rows in stranded stockinette - blocked
Bulky version shown: 14 stitches and 14 rows in stranded stockinette - blocked

Approximate measurements
Short bulky version shown – 6” tall, 25” circumference
Long worsted version shown – 6.75” tall, 46” circumference

Approximately 660 yards of worsted weight yarn for the long version shown, 175 yards of bulky weight yarn for the short version shown, evenly divided into darks and lights (or into whatever division you plan to use)

The worsted weight version shown was knit on US 7/4.5 mm needles
The bulky weight version shown was knit on US 11/8 mm needles