July 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
US 7 - 4.5 mm
4.5 mm
219 - 328 yards (200 - 300 m)
one size
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Cathkin cowl was inspired by mountain biking and is named after the location used for mountain biking in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: the Cathkin Braes.

The colourwork is a combination of intarsia and fair isle - the mountains and sky are joined using intarsia, the tyre tracks and finish line involve small floats across the back of the work and intarsia twists at the beginning and end of their section. The cowl is worked back and forth, end to end, with increases and decreases making the work slant.

The chart was made using the tools available at

4.5mm needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Drops Nepal - 1 ball MC (grass), 1 ball CC1 (tyre tracks/finish line)
Drops Big Delight - 1 ball CC2 (sky) or 1 ball of Nepal
Crochet hook & scrap yarn (for provisional cast on)
Darning needle (for kitchener stitch, and weaving in ends)
Sample was knitted in Nepal shades 7238 (MC), 0501 (CC1), and Big Delight 12 (CC2)

Many thanks to Graham Campbell - my photographer, model and long-suffering flatmate.

And to SadieLou, Cia and Antje for their feedback and encouragement.