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Nemophila Cowl

January 2014
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch in the round
US 3 - 3.25 mm
312 - 350 yards (285 - 320 m)
one size
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This loose, lacy cowl, with a pretty circular stitch pattern formed by working a combination of lace stitches and 1/1 crosses, is perfect for spring. It’s named after a California wildflower, Nemophila menziesii, or Baby Blue Eyes.

Stitch patterns are both charted and written out.

It’s easy to change the size. To increase or decrease the circumference, add or decrease 2 edging repeats per main body repeat.

Pattern Notes

The edging is worked first. If you choose not to do a provisional cast on, rather than grafting the two ends together you can just sew the two ends together.

Directions are included for omitting the edging and working a garter stitch border instead.

The main body stitch pattern is stitch pattern #18 from Annie Maloney’s Stitch Definition, adapted to be worked in the round.

One size

Finished Measurements
Circumference: 33in / 84cm
Height: 101/4in / 26cm

Cephalopod Bugga!, 100% wool (225 yds / 206m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein), shown in Purple Soldier Fly
Sample as shown weighs 78g.

US3 / 3.25 mm 16in circular needles, or size required to obtain gauge

22 sts & 28 rounds = 4in / 10cm in St st

Edging per repeat
31/4in / 8cm max width
2in / 5cm tall

Main body per repeat
21/4 in / 5.5cm wide
1 in / 2.5cm tall

(1) stitch marker
waste yarn or extra circular needle for provisional cast-on for edging
yarn needle
waste yarn or stitch holder for edging

Knitting in the round, lace, 1/1 cable crosses; picking up stitches, provisional cast on and grafting if edging is worked.

Directions for omitting the edging and substituting a garter stitch border are included (no need for knowing provisional cast on, grafting, or picking up stitches).

Thank you to my tech editor, KT Vaughan.