Pastoral Cowl by Nicole Montgomery

Pastoral Cowl

Knitting
April 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
leaf lace
US 4 - 3.5 mm
200 - 303 yards (183 - 277 m)
Small (22" x 6"), Large (43.5" x 5.5")
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Early spring is a time of cleaning the leaves out of flower beds and enjoying the first tiny blooms that come out of the ground. In my neck of the woods, the central Midwest, it’s a time of year when we might still be in winter coats, or we may be able to get away with a light sweater. Either way, this lacy cowl is light enough to not overheat you, but still feels cozy on those days where there is still a bit of a chill in the air.

Blocked Gauge (in Leaf Lace stitch):
(Smaller Sample - Quince Finch Yarn) 26 sts = 4 inches
(Larger Sample - Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select Yarn)) 21 sts = 4 inches

This is an intermediate project. All abbreviations are clearly explained in the pattern, but the double-edged version of this cowl requires an applied border (thoroughly explained in the pattern), which I would rate as intermediate in difficulty. The version of the cowl that has only one flower border is constructed by knitting the border flat, picking up stitches, then knitting the lace portion of the cowl. This version is easier and could be completed by an adventurous beginner who is open to learning a few new stitches.