HELICAL Stripes by Mary-Ann Lammers
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April 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch- gauge is not critical
US 3 - 3.25 mm
435 - 437 yards (398 - 400 m)
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HELICAL Stripesmore than just another pretty cowl pattern.

If you have ever knit stripes in the round you know how annoying those little jogs at the start of each stripe are to deal with, not to mention that little bump of yarn inside that rubs your skin...all.. day… long

Helical stripes are truly a spiral that travels around and around creating flawless looking stripes. But even simple travels need directions, and that is exactly what this pattern is….your guide to making wonderful and easy stripes.

HELICAL Stripes 101 begins here!

I have set up an explanatory and easy to follow complete step by step photo tutorial that you can look at as you teach yourself how to do these simple stripes.

The helical stripes were so easy to do and the instructions were very clear. harnish408

Easy pattern to memorize and fun to watch colours reveal themselves. Knittycc

My second time knitting this cowl. The pattern is very well written, and has become one of my favorites.Smwalton13

The borders are simple mock cables that are a matter of passing a slipped stitch over a few stitches but create an interesting look to a simple design. The pattern will take you stitch by stitch through knitting mock cables so you can fearlessly try a new technique if you are new to these as well.

If you would like an even simpler design please look at HELICAL Stripes II

Special thanks as always to H.Waitte for tech editing.

I have had some fun with an amazing group of knitters who have tested this pattern with me as I designed and created the cowl and the writing of the pattern. I wish to express my thanks for their enthusiasm!

Come see their projects here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/search#query=helicalstrip...

The finished measurements of the cowl are 32” to 37” for the bottom edge, depending on how aggressively you block it. The neck edge is 32”. The depth is 12”.

I knit with Cascade Yarns (sock yarn) for both cowl samples.
100 gram/3.5 oz. skeins. 400m/437 yds.
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon.

Circular needles 3.25 mm/US3 60cm/24” length

Blue/green cowl:
1 skein Cascade Heritage Wave Colour #508 Tropical,
(35 grams leftover).
1 skein Cascade Heritage Solids Sock Yarn Colour #5682 White,
(65 grams leftover).

Wine red cowl:
1 Skein Cascade Heritage Wave colour # 507 Lava,
(35 grams leftover)
1 Skein Cascade Heritage Solids Sock Yarn Colour #5606 Burgundy,
(65 grams leftover)

Stitches used in this pattern:

K2tog………. knit 2 stitches together to decrease.

Mock Cable: MC3
Mock cables are made by following these four steps in the K3 stitches in rounds 5 and 10.
1.Slip the first stitch knitwise (as if to knit) with yarn at back.
2.Knit the second stitch.
3.Knit through the front and back of the third stitch thereby making an extra stitch.
4.Pass the slipped stitch over the three stitches.

Thank you to Cascade yarns for fabulous yarn support and enthusiasm for my designs.

There is now another helical pattern called HELICAL Stripes II

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