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Calliopsis, named after the flower Coreopsis (also known as Calliopsis or Tickseed), is a light, feminine lace cowl knit in two colors of laceweight or light fingering weight yarn. You can easily customize the design by changing the lengths of the two lace sections to create your own unique cowl.
The cowl is worked flat, beginning with a provisional crochet cast on. After the last row is worked, sts are transferred to waste yarn and the piece is blocked. After blocking, the sts on waste yarn at each end are transferred to needles and the two ends are joined using the three-needle bind off. The pattern includes instructions for both the provisional crochet cast on and the three-needle bind off.
Although the cowl is worked flat, a circular needle is used because the two-color sections involve sliding the stitches across the cable to be knit again on the same side. A straight needle will not work for this technique (though straight needles may be used for the lace sections). The two-color sections were inspired by Norah Gaughan’s Almost Garter Scarf.
Finished (Blocked) Measurements:
9.5 inches/25 cm wide by 54 inches/138 cm circumference
--Two colors of laceweight or light fingering weight yarn; MC: 300 yds/274m, CC: 150 yds/137m. Sample shown was knit with Fibre Company Meadow 40% merino wool, 25% baby llama, 20% silk, 14% linen; 545yd/500m per 100g skein, in Prairie (MC) and Bergamot (CC). (See note about yardage below.)
--US #5/3.75mm 24-inch circular needle or straight needles
--US #4/3.50 24-inch circular needle
--Crochet hook in size G/4.0 mm, smooth waste yarn, spare knitting needle for three-needle bind-off, tapestry needle, stainless steel T-pins, blocking wires (optional)
A note about yardage: Feel free to customize your cowl by varying the lengths of the two lace sections, but keep in mind that increasing the length of a section may require more yarn in that color.
20 sts/30 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch on smaller needle after blocking
To save time, check gauge.
The stitch patterns are provided in both charts and written, line-by-line form.