BMC (Betty Mouat Cowl) by Kate Davies
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BMC (Betty Mouat Cowl)

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Knitting
July 2017
Light Fingering ?
7 stitches and 9 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
270 - 900 yards (247 - 823 m)
small, medium large
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Betty Mouat Cowl.

Versatile, lightweight cowl featuring traditional Shetland cockleshell pattern. Three sizes.

Available as a kit in the KDD shop.

The Betty Mouat Cowl uses a traditional Shetland lace pattern and is worked in the round using Susan Stevens’ innovative no-purl garter stitch method.

Sizes
Instructions are given for 3 sizes of cowl: small, medium
(pictured) and large. Circumferences of the three sizes are
as follows:
Small 24.5 in 62.2cm
Medium 60in 152cm
Large 91in 231cm
Feel free to adjust the length / circumference to suit you by
casting on in multiples of 21.

Gauge
Gauge is not crucial in this pattern (though significant
differences will affect yarn quantities used), but I
recommend knitting a couple of chart repeats before
commencing to familiarise yourself with the pattern as well
as to check gauge.
One full repeat of cockleshell pattern = 31 1/2 in 8.9cm x 11/2in 3.8 cm.
The lace is extremely stretchy, and expands significantly
during blocking.

Yarn
CoopKnits Socks Yeah! 4 ply (75% wool; 25% nylon; 231
yards / 211 metres per 50g skein). 1 skein of each of the
following shades:
A Benitoite; B Lolite; C Topaz; D Ruby; E Peridot; F
Danburite; G Beryl; H Sugilite; I Kunzite. 1 skein of each
shade has enough yarn to make 3 cowls, 1 in each size. For
guideance, illustrated sample (in medium size) used 460
yards / 420 metres of yarn in total.

Needles & Notions
In sample, a 3mm needle was used to achieve gauge.
For all sizes: two gauge-size circular needles of appropriate
length (I recommend 16in 40cm needle for small size,
and at least 24in 60cm for the medium and large sizes).
Tapestry needle. Blocking wires and pins.

Video Tutorials
If you have questions about working no-purl garter stitch, or about the cockleshell lace, you may find it helpful to watch the Betty Mouat video tutorials that you will find here (demonstrated by Melanie Ireland)