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Manaan Cowls

Knitting
November 2012
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
US 7 - 4.5 mm
670 - 804 yards (613 - 735 m)
Shoulder version: 37" [94 cm] in circumference and 14" [35.5 cm] deep; Long loop version: 56" [142.25 cm] in circumference and 11" [28 cm] deep
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Shoulder version:
yarn
lark / goldfinch 124
5 skeins

needles
One 32” circular in size US 7 / 5 mm

gauge
21 sts and 37 rnds = 4” 10 cm over basketweave pattern, after blocking.

skills required
long-tail cast on, working in the round, knit/purl combinations, binding off
tutorial link provided for long-tail cast on

Long loop version:
yarn
lark / marsh 122
6 skeins

needles
One pair in size US 7 / 5 mm, plus a third in same size
for three-needle bind off

gauge
26 sts and 35 rows = 4” 10 cm in basketweave pattern, after blocking.

skills required
provisional cast on, three-needle bind off, knit/purl combinations
tutorial link provided for provisional cast on; written instructions for 3-needle BO

notes
Basketweave patterns lend themselves to variation. The
blocks can be small for a lightly textured fabric. Or, as in
this case, the blocks can be blown way up in scale for a
strong vertical/horizontal pattern.
For the long Marsh cowl, the pattern in worked vertically,
three blocks across. The side edges wave in and out.
dramatically. When the piece is complete, leave the ends
as they are for a scarf, or sew them together for a loopy
cowl. The Goldfinch cowl is worked in the round as a
wide tube, starting and ending with a welt border.