Circular Reasoning by Elizabeth Elliott

Circular Reasoning

November 2015
yarn held together
+ Lace
= Sport (12 wpi) ?
33 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork in the round on larger needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
883 - 1383 yards (807 - 1265 m)
6.5" wide x 46” circumference/16.5cm wide x 117cm circumference
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Circular Reasoning is worked in the round, beginning with a two colour stranded colourwork pattern and ending with alternating bands of stranded colourwork and slipped stitch texture. The ends are then grafted together to make a seamless double loop cowl. The pattern as written takes approximately 383 yds/350m of Dyed in the Wool and 1000 yds/914m of Debauchery or 500 yds of a heavy fingering/light sport weight yarn. While the slipped stitch pattern adds a textural element, you can also do the entire scarf in stranded colourwork, in which case you will need 463 yds/423m of Dyed in the Wool and 926 yds/846m of Debauchery or 463 yds/423m each of two colours of heavy fingering/light sport weight yarn.


  • MC (Spincycle Yarns Debauchery laceweight in Wrath, held double): 1000 yds/914 m
  • CC (Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool in Shades of Earth): 383 yds/350m


  • stitch marker(s), yarn needle, scrap yarn for provisional cast on.