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Manic Panic Cowl

Knitting
May 2013
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches = 4 inches in linen stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
225 - 1000 yards (206 - 914 m)
Three sizes, varying lengths
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The beauty of a cowl, whether it is short or long, is that it is, in essence, one never-ending loop. With a scarf you are limited by having two ends that must be pulled up or held together in some manner, but the cowl is able to twist and turn into a scarf, a hood, or even a shrug with just the slightest movement of fabric. In this variation on the Mini Mania Scarf, I’ve thrown out the ends and created an epic, endless loop in a manic color palette all your friends will want.

The best part about this cowl is you can knit it with all those little bits of leftover yarn that have been multiplying like rabbits in the corners of your stash. Make it unique by knitting it big or little, fat or skinny, in a loop or even twisted as a moebius!

This pattern uses the eponymous fabric stitch, or linen stitch, so named because it looks similar to a woven linen fabric. The stitch uses simple slipped stitches to create a dramatic finished project and is knit lengthwise to most accurately replicate the style of a woven garment.

Don’t have any scrap or miniskeins and need some to get started? I offer pre-packaged sets of indie, hand-dyed and LYS-quality fingering weight yarns in various color combinations in my shop, Exchanging Fire.

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