Laden by Laura Nelkin


September 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, blocked on larger needles
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
610 - 710 yards (558 - 649 m)
Women’s Small (Large)
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Skill level: Advanced
Finished Measurements: 10” (25.5cm) wide x 36 (42)β€œ (91 106.5cm) around
Gray shown in Small; green shown in Large

Laden is chock-full of texture and techniques to tickle your fancy. This faux MΓΆbius cowl (or β€œfauxbius”) starts with a provisional cast-on. Then a length of reversible cables and double-sided lace is knit with or without beads. Finally, the rectangle is twisted, grafted, and banded to hide the seam. What fun!

The juxtaposition of reversible cables and double-sided lace makes me swoon! Heavy cables play against this delicate lace stitch, creating an unexpected fabric that flows around the neck and shoulders beautifully. Cowls are a much-loved accessory in my wardrobe. As soon as the first Laden was finished, I had to knit another version with beads! Once you see how I’ve added beads to a previously plain pattern, you may well be inspired to reimagine another pattern in this book with beads.