Mini-Skein Gathered Cowl by Jade Keaney
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Mini-Skein Gathered Cowl

Knitting
October 2016
Light Fingering ?
27 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
294 - 490 yards (269 - 448 m)
22" tri-colour version, 60" solid colour/eyelet version
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This pattern features the awesome Mini-Skeins from SpaceCadet. You can join the club at http://spacecadetyarn.com/the-spacecadets-mini-skein-club/.

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The cowl…
When I was designing this cowl, I wanted something versatile, wearable, playful, light-weight but warm… it could be worn like a regular cowl, or twisted like an infinity scarf, or cross-buttoned to lay flat under my coat, too.

The yarn…
But really, most of my inspiration came from the Mini-Skeins themselves. When you join the SpaceCadet’s Mini-Skein Club, it’s so tempting to hold on to minis until that perfect pattern for the whole bundle shows up, that it can get paralyzing. With so many great possibilities, it’s like a blank page or a white canvas - it’s hard to write the first word, paint the first color, cast on.

But that’s the beauty of Mini-Skeins - you can just dive in. If you think of them like yarn crayons, they can go wherever you’d like to have a pop of color. They don’t have to stay in their bundles or go in any particular order. It’s so much fun to break them open and mix them up!

So open your bundles, free your Mini-Skeins, and match them up! Make it a party, turn it into a game, swap stashes with friends. They don’t have to be a prefect ombre or even the same base - I’ve found Lucina (with sparkle) and Maia (so much shine!) play really well together, as do Celeste (light and airy) and Aurora (so soft!). What amazing combination will you find?

Sizing…
the 22” tri-colour version takes 3 Mini-Skeins (each 20g of a 100g skein, about 60g total - shown in Celeste, about 270 yards total)
the 60” solid colour/eyelet version takes 1 skein of fingering weight yarn (shown in Celeste, 490 yards/100g)

Gauge…
27 sts/26 rows = 4” in garter stitch

Other Materials…
4 buttons (tri-colour version)
6 buttons (solid/eyelet version)
(the sample’s beautiful buttons are from Melissa Jean)
size US4/3.5mm needles (or size to obtain gauge)
tapestry needle for weaving in ends