Biased Stripes by Dieuwke Schack-Mulligen

Biased Stripes

January 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
18.5 stitches and 41 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
300 yards (274 m)
one size; 12 inches / 30 cm in height, 27.5 / 70 cm in circumference
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Only using about 1½ skein of DK weight yarn, this cowl is a great and quick accessory to make! It looks good on both sides, the garter stitch and color changes giving a different effect for the “wrong” side.

Use one solid and one color changing yarn, two semisolids, two color changing, or several different colors of yarn - it’s up to you.

Biased stripes is a cowl in garter stitch with stripes and rounded i-cord edges. It is worked flat and on the bias, increasing and decreasing a stitch on every second row to create the slanting stripes. The two ends are then grafted together using kitchener stitch, so the cowl becomes a seamless looking piece.

If you only use two different yarns, a minimum of weaving in of ends is required. The color yarn that is not active is brought up along the side at the work, cleverly hidden inside the i-cord edging.

Illustrated directions are given for how to handle the color changes and managing the resting yarn while working a stripe.