Leaf Peeper Cowl by Rachel C. Brown

Leaf Peeper Cowl

by Rachel C. Brown
Knitting
October 2012
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in pattern stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
90 - 115 yards (82 - 105 m)
One (~15 inch circumference, unstretched)
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This handspun cowl is inspired by the glorious colors of New England’s woods in the fall, and will work up super quickly in any bulky yarn you might like to use. The pattern includes instructions for spinning a 3-ply bulky weight yarn for your cowl, or you can substitute with commercial bulky weight yarn. Final size of the cowl as written is approximately 15 inches in circumference (unstretched), and 13 inches wide, but you can continue working the pattern until you run out of yarn, making a cowl of any desired size.

Spinning skills
The yarn used for this project is a 3-ply bulky weight, spun worsted style (short forward draw). The wpi for the singles is approximately 27 wpi, and the final yarn comes in at 8 wpi.

Knitting skills
This pattern is suitable for the adventurous advanced beginner. It requires starting with a provisional cast on, knitting, purling, increases, decreases, and grafting (Kitchner stitch). Pattern includes both written and charted stitch pattern directions.

MATERIALS
~90-115 yds/82-105 m bulky weight yarn, either handspun or commercial.
US 10.5/6.5 mm needles (straight or circular), or size needed to get gauge.
An extra needle or stitch holder for the provisional cast on (Judy’s Magic Cast-on)

GAUGE
15 stitches/20 rows over 4“/10 cm in pattern stitch.