Overture Cowl by Vanessa Ewing
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Overture Cowl

Knitting
March 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Brioche Cable Stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
800 yards (732 m)
Approximate Finished Measurements 19” at widest width, 9” wide after separation x 35” long when joined after blocking
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Designed like a fine musical instrument, let your needles and imagination perform a duet.

Approximate Finished Measurements
19” at widest width,
9” wide after separation x 35” long when joined
after blocking

Materials
400—yards EACH of 2 different colors in a fingering weight yarn.
We used Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk Single (430yds/100G, 75% Merino Wool, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk): Color Walking To Church (MC)
And we also used Cascade Yarn Heritage Silk (437yds/100G, 85% Merino Wool, 15% Silk):
Color 5682 Limestone (CC)

  • US Size 3 (3.25mm) 24” (60.96 cm) circular knitting needle.
  • 1 cable needle
  • 1 stitch holder
  • tapestry needle
  • 10 buttons – between 25mm and 28mm. See Designer Note.
  • sewing thread

Gauge
26 sts, 28 rows= 4” in Brioche Cable Stitch using US Size 3 (3.25mm) knitting needle after blocking. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Designer Note A circular needle is used to work the 2 color brioche stitch. You will not be working in the round.
Each knit stitch that you see counts as 2 rows.
Also, please note there is no real Wrong Side of the fabric. Brioche is reversible. In this pattern, the Wrong Side is referenced to help orient the knitter. The Wrong Side is referred to the side that has CC knit stitches. The Right Side is referred to the side that has MC knit stitches.

Take special note of the orientation of the CC at the end of the rows. Be sure to place the yarn exactly as it says, as to prevent the CC from wrapping around the edge of the piece.

Designer Note about Buttons… These buttons will need to be able to push through the cables of the fabric.
I chose 2 different buttons, 5 of each. One set is to match the Contrast Color and the other is to match the Main Color.

Thank you to Ashley Little for her wonderful tech editing skills.
Thank you to my lovely test knitters, who made this pattern the best it can be!

This cowl uses cables and brioche technique. Some of my testers were not familiar with brioche until this project. I do suggest watching a youtube video or two about how to work brioche stitch, just to familiarize yourself with the technique. Nancy Marchant is a wonderful resource.