Breton Cowl by Antonia Shankland

Breton Cowl

October 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch in Drift
US 7 - 4.5 mm
750 - 800 yards (686 - 732 m)
One size

The Breton Cowl is an homage to the famous sailors’ sweater of France, to wear around your neck.

The contrast of hazy mohair/silk stripes against a matte velvet background is what it’s all about.

Each stripe is a nice little stockinette moment, with a clever maneuver to form a welt--a structural stripe--before returning to your regularly scheduled garter stitch.

A fast knit and a luxurious accessory.

The photography sample used 1 skein of Shibui Knits Silk Cloud, and about 3.5 skeins of Shibui Knits Drift. You could keep knitting and make yours a little wider.

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The Breton Cowl is not sold as a single pattern.

Circumference: 50” (127 cm)
Length: 10” (25.5 cm)

Drift by Shibui Knits [13/4 oz (50 g) skeins, each approx 110 yds (100.5 m), 85% extrafine merino / 15% cashmere]
A: Ash, #2003, 4 skeins
Silk Cloud by Shibui Knits [.88 oz (25 g) skeins, each approx 330 yds (300 m), 60% kid mohair / 40% silk]
B: Mineral, #2022, 1 skein

Size US 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 32” (80 cm) long, or size needed to achieve gauge
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