Hidden Leaves Cowl by Carla Cuadros

Hidden Leaves Cowl

August 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in Hidden Leaves stitch pattern on largest needle
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
325 yards (297 m)
One size (37.5 x 10 inches/95 x 25 cm)
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I wanted to design a cozy cowl that was attractive on both sides and had a bit of shaping for a better fit at the neckline. This lovely reversible stitch pattern features hidden leaves that make a secret promise of spring to the winter-weary wearer. You can wear it with either side facing out, depending on your mood.

The cowl is knit in the round and begins with a provisional cast-on. The simple lacy pattern uses a logical progression that is easy to understand and creates gently rippling edges. The shaping is achieved by changing the needle size twice. Both edges feature an I-cord bind-off for a clean finish.

Techniques Used:
• Decreases: k2tog, ssk
• Duplicate stitch (to finish off the bind off seamlessly)
• I-cord Bind-off (includes knitted cast-on)
• Increase: yo
• Knit, purl
• Knitting in the round
• Provisional Cast-on over spare circular needle or waste yarn

This pattern includes charts, written instructions, and links to references for all techniques, including the Provisional Cast-on and the I-Cord Bind-off.

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit. It includes yarn management tips for working with a single ply yarn, such as Diadem.