Anatidae by Annika Barranti
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April 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
6 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
120 - 380 yards (110 - 347 m)
one size, customizable
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Anatidae is the animal family that includes ducks, swans, and geese.

I based this textured cowl on the popular quilt pattern Flying Geese. Both are made up of triangles that look like geese flying in formation.

I love the way the simple pattern of knits and purls showcases the beautiful hand-dyed yarn!

One size, customizable

Circumference: 24 inches
Height: 8 inches

Fine Gauge: 6 sts per inch
Medium Gauge: 4 sts per inch
Heavy Gauge: 3.25 sts per inch

Fine Gauge: US #4/3.5mm, 24-inch circular
Medium Gauge: US #8/5mm, 24-inch circular
Heavy Gauge: US #10.5/6.5mm, 24-inch circular
Or needle size to obtain gauge

Fine Gauge: 1 skein SweetGeorgia Yarns Merino Silk Fine (50% Merino, 50% Silk, 380 yards per 100 grams)
shown in Blackberry
Medium Gauge: 1 skein SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash DK (100% superwash merino wool, 256 yards per 115 grams)
or SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Worsted (100% superwash merino wool, 200 yards per 115 grams)
not shown (see note below)
Heavy Gauge: 1 skein SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Chunky (100% Merino, 120 yards per 100 grams)
shown in Saffron

Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

Instructions are given for fine gauge with medium and heavy gauges in brackets: fine (medium, heavy). Size may be adjusted by casting on 16 more or fewer stitches. Each repeat will add or subtract 2.75 (4, 5) inches.

For the medium gauge, choose DK for a drape-y look like the fine gauge sample, or worsted for a more shapely cowl, like the heavy gauge sample.

Please note: the heavy gauge sample used every inch of yarn. Consider purchasing a second skein as insurance. (You can always make a hat to match with the leftovers!)

The shawl pin is by Designs By Romi, from the Elements collection.

Technical editing by Joeli Caparco, Photographs by Leah Coccari-Swift