Contraction Cowl by Barbara Benson

Contraction Cowl

October 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Seed st
US 6 - 4.0 mm
400 yards (366 m)
Finished Size 44" in circumference and 8" wide.
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By switching between a simple texture panel and a section of stitches worked in a simple double knitting technique, this cowl creates the illusion that you are doing something complicated when in fact you are not.

Other than the contraction between the two panels, there is no shaping or pleating in this piece. Simply cast on, knit away, and then graft the final rows together.

Honestly, the grafting is the most challenging part of the entire pattern and you only have to do it once! Bring a little easy sparkle into your knitting with this fun cowl.

Level 2β€”Advanced Beginner
Finished Size 44” in circumference and 8” wide.
Yarn Anzula Nebula (84% superwash merino, 16% sparkling stellina; 400 yd 365 m/4 oz 114 g): madam; 1 skein.
Needle Size 6 (4 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Tapestry needle.
Gauge 24 sts and 30 rows = 4” in Seed st.

This cowl is worked from end to end beginning with a provisional cast-on.