Bendemeer Cowl by Luise O'Neill
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Bendemeer Cowl

Knitting
May 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch, blocked
US 7 - 4.5 mm
3.5 mm (E)
325 - 390 yards (297 - 357 m)
Circumference 30 (36)” / 76 (91)cm; height 9.5” / 24cm.
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♫ The Music
Bendemeer Stream is a nostalgic ballad recounting sweet memories of youth:
“There’s a bower of roses by Bendemeer’s Stream,
And the nightingale sings ‘round it all the day long,
In the time of my childhood ‘twas like a sweet dream,
To sit in the roses and hear the bird’s song,
That bower and its music I’ll never forget…”

And so the beautiful undulating ripples created by this stitch pattern evoke memories of clear sweet waters gently coursing by.


This is a stash-buster pattern – choose from any fingering to worsted-weight yarn you have left over and knit with wild abandon! This sample used worsted, sport and fingering/sock-weight yarns.

The sample changed colours on specific rows (noted in the pattern) but there are so many other options - change colours / yarns:
• with every 8-row repeat,
• for rows 5 and 13 only,
• every row,
• when you run out of a particular colour or
• make the entire cowl in a single yarn.

Arrange your colours in a rainbow, gradient, light/dark contrasts – the adventure is yours! Have fun and experiment with various colours and yarn thicknesses. You can knit this pattern over and over again and come out with stunningly different results every time.

Yarn Notes
The sample shown used a variegated / multi-coloured yarn for CC1.

Yardage used for sample shown:
MC: (worsted-weight)

  • 154yds / 141m Cascade 220 Superwash Paints (100% Superwash Merino wool; 220yds / 201m per 100g) in Grape;

CC1: (fingering/sock-weight)

  • 51yds / 47m Manos del Uruguay Alegria (70% wool, 25% nylon; 445yds / 407m per 100g) in Candombe (multi-coloured);

CC2: (sport-weight)

  • 57yds / 52m Cascade 220 Superwash Sport (100% Superwash Merino wool; 136yds / 125m per 50g) in Colour 850 Granny Smith;

CC3: (fingering/sock-weight)

  • 40yds / 37m Knit Picks Palette (100% wool; 231yds / 211m per 50g) in Cream.

Gauge
20 sts and 24 rows over 4” / 10cm using worsted-weight yarn in Stockinette stitch, blocked.
21 sts and 28 rows over 4” / 10cm using sport-weight or fingering-weight yarn in Stockinette stitch, blocked.

The crochet hook is used for the Crochet Cast On only but another stretchy cast on of your choice may be used.

Notions
Stitch marker, tapestry needle.

Both charted and written directions for the chart are provided.


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Credits: Technical editing by RedSquirrel and FirSprite.