Balsam by Pam Allen
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Balsam

Knitting
February 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with larger needles, after wet blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
600 yards (549 m)
28" [71 cm] circumference at top and 23" [58.5 cm] tall

Balsam is a snuggly, hooded cowl, with a deep brioche split hem to go deeper than can your average neckwear. Two brioche panels are worked flat and joined in the round for a cowl deep enough for stretching over your head. A few short rows near the top of the cowl form the shape of the hood.

yarn
owl / taiga 328
5 skeins

needles
24” circular in sizes US 7 and 8 / 4.5 and 5 mm

gauge
14 sts and 46 rows = 4” / 10 cm in brioche stitch with smaller needles, after wet blocking
16 sts and 23 rnds = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette stitch with larger needles, after wet blocking

skills required
Long-tail cast on, brioche, yarnover short rows (links/illustrated tutorials provided); increasing, decreasing.