Dissipative by Alicia Morandi


January 2013
Aran (8 wpi) ?
3.5 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
in garter stitch knit flat
US 9 - 5.5 mm
160 - 240 yards (146 - 219 m)
Small, Large
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A dissipative beach is wide with a gentle slope, which allows waves to slowly wash over the beach face as they lose energy. The stitch pattern for the edge of this cowl is reminiscent of such long, undulating waves washing up onto a textured shore. The wonderfully dense feel of the Malabrigo Twist yarn makes this cowl extra squishy and warm in both sizes. Using less than one full skein of yarn in two colors, it is a great way to pair a highly variegated colorway with a coordinating solid or neutral, or utilize limited amounts of leftovers or handspun yarn.

The cowl is knit from the bottom up in the round. The garter stitch stripes of this cowl can be knit without purling using a little trick explained in the pattern notes. The large size is long enough to wear scarf-like or wrapped twice around the neck. The small size is a typical cowl and stands about 1.5 inches taller than the large.

Small - about 110 yards (100.6 m) main color, 50 yards (45.7 m) contrast color (shown in teal)
Large - about 150 yards (137.1 m) main color, 90 yards (82.3 m) contrast color (shown in multicolor)

Dimensions after blocking:
Small - 22” (55.9 cm) circumference, 8.5” (21.6 cm) tall
Large - 52” (132.1 cm) circumference, 7” (17.8 cm) tall

Pattern is 4 pages long with written instructions and a chart included for the lace edging.

Many thanks to my test knitters, Jules and Joanna, my tech editor, Paula, and to Malabrigo Yarns for yarn support and for including this pattern in the Malabrigo Quickies series!