Byway Cowl by Laura Chau

Byway Cowl

May 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in diagonal lace stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
268 - 536 yards (245 - 490 m)
single loop (double loop)
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A pretty cowl for all seasons. The cable and lace patterns alternate around the loop, creating a lovely mix of textures. The knitting is easy, with every other round worked even in knit and purl. Perfect for beginners to lace and cables.
The single loop version is shown in my handspun blue faced leicester wool dyed by Into the Whirled (colourway: Kimura). I split the top lengthwise into two pieces, then spun each from end to end. Then I chain-plied to preserve the long stripes. Knitting with handspun is special indeed, so I carried on until I was nearly out of yarn before binding off.
The generously sized double loop is shown in 100% silk from Lantern Moon, which has a great silky crunch and beautiful drape. It’s so smooth and easy to wear, even in hot weather.
I think either size would also be amazing knit up in a fingering weight yarn to the same gauge, for an even lighter layer.
Technical Editing by Alexandra Virgiel

Single Loop (Double Loop)
30.5 (60.5)” / 77 (154)cm in circumference 9” / 23cm deep (easily customized)
Note: Finished size may vary depending on your choice of yarn and how much you stretch the fabric during blocking. My single loop handspun version is 26” / 66cm in circumference, 10.5” / 27cm deep and used about 220 yards / 200m.

Lantern Moon Indochine (sport weight, 100% silk; 134 yds / 122m per 1.75 oz / 50g skein)
» 2 (4) skeins, shown in colour Deep Purple

Needles and Notions
» US 6 / 4mm circular needles, 24” / 40cm or longer » stitch markers (1 unique)
» tapestry needle
» cable needle

16 sts and 24 rnds = 4” / 10cm square in Diagonal Lace stitch, after blocking
21 sts of Staghorn Cable = 3.75” / 9.5cm wide

More Info
3 page PDF pattern. Stitch patterns are written and charted. Measurements in metric and imperial.