Bramante cowl by Jen Arnall-Culliford

Bramante cowl

October 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in striped stocking stitch in the round
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
179 yards (164 m)
One size only: Circumference 52.5cm [20¾in] and Depth 27cm [10½in]
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Inspired by Bramante’s amazing 1505 helical staircase that is found in the Pio Clementine Museum in the Vatican, the Bramante cowl uses a double helix of stitches to create a simple spiral striped cowl.

This is the first pattern in Something New to Learn About Helical Knitting, and is the perfect introduction to helical knitting. The pattern allows you to entirely focus on mastering your first helical knit.

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Circumference: 52.5cm [20¾in]
Depth: 27cm [10½in]

Something to Knit With Aran (70% highland wool, 30% superfine alpaca; 82m [89yds] per 50g skein)
Yarn A: Mist 1 x 50g skein
Yarn B: Sky 1 x 50g skein

Needles and Notions
1 set 4.5mm [US 7] circular needles, 40cm [16in] long, or needle size required to match tension
One 5mm [US 8] knitting needle, or one size larger than the size needed to match tension
Stitch markers
Waste yarn (smooth cotton is ideal)

19 sts and 25 rounds to 10cm [4in] over striped stocking stitch worked in the round

Special Techniques
Photo tutorials for the following techniques can be found within this ebook.
Basic 1x1 helical stripes

Video Tutorials
The following video tutorials will soon be found on our website at
Basic helical stripes
Helical stripes on double-pointed needles
Waste yarn cast-on method
i-Cord cast-off method