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Minerva Cowl

Knitting
February 2012
Any 4ply-Aran weight
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
9 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches in Roman Stripe
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
435 - 870 yards (398 - 796 m)
This pattern is available for free.

This pattern is now offered in return for an optional donation based on the hours of pleasure this pattern has given you and as an awareness raiser for the p/hop campaign in aid of Medecins Sans Frontiers.

This frothy lace Möbius cowl uses the reversible stitch pattern Roman Stripe, taken from Barbara Walkers Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns.

The pattern is based on a 2 stitch repeat which makes it easy to add or subtract circumference to the scarf, to give two or even three wraps around your the neck. Yarn quantities are given for one and two wrap versions. An optional scalloped edging is given for those who want an extra challenge.

Originally knit in a thick-thin Tussah silk, equivalent to a 4ply yarn this pattern can also be adapted to make a denser, warmer winter scarf by using a DK or Aran weight yarn on the same needles, just match the yardage requirements (approx. 435yds/ 400m per wrap).

Knit in the round on circular needles from a Möbius cast-on this pattern includes full written instructions and charts (depending on your preference). The pattern is suitable for a moderately experienced knitter and requires less than one day to knit!

The Möbius cast-on is an entertaining technique which creates a Möbius loop in your knitting and allows you to knit both edges at once – you’ll be amazed.

A photo tutorial demonstrating the Möbius cast-on can be found at:
http://www.onehandknits.com/blog/2010/12/mobius-scarves-mastering-the-cast-on/

Minerva was the Roman Goddess of wisdom, crafts, medicine and doctors.

MATERIALS
100g (200g) 4ply yarn (approximately 400m/ 435yards to 100g)
6.5mm circular needles at least 100cm in length
1 stitch marker

TENSION
9st x 14 rows = 10cm/ 4 inches over pattern on 6.5mm needles.
Achieving the exact tension is not required because the addition/ subtraction of one or two stitches at the cast-on quickly increases or decreases the dimensions meaning your tension can be accommodated for.