Bipolar by Alasdair Post-Quinn


August 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in double-stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
219 - 437 yards (200 - 400 m)
29.5", 31.5", 33.25" circumference, 8.5" tall
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This deceptively simple pattern is a great introduction to double-knitting for those who haven’t tried it before. Each repeat of the pattern has only 2 color changes, so there’s very little to keep track of as you work. The color changes move subtly to trace a pattern of sine waves running up the cowl’s sides. Each side has the same motif, but the opposite color is more prominent on the other side.

The wool/alpaca blend keeps this a soft but warm winter accessory; the drape allows it to be worn a number of different ways and the sizing options are simple to implement.

At this gauge, each repeat of the pattern requires approximately 2.25g of each color. If you are in doubt about your gauge, it’s probably best to go with one of the smaller two sizes. The models are both wearing the 29.5” cowl.