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Polyphylla Cowl

January 2011
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in Chart 2 spiral motif
US 5 - 3.75 mm
175 - 200 yards (160 - 183 m)
31 inches (79 cm) circumference around bottom, 20 inches (51 cm) circumference at top of neck, 9 inches (23 cm) tall.
This pattern is available for free.

This cowl, and it’s continuous spiky spiral structure is inspired by the Aloe Polyphylla plant, an endangered and beautiful relative of the Aloe plant that grows in a perfect outward spiral. One of the most amazing examples of mathematical sequence in nature.

This cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up. You begin with more stitches and decrease down so that the
flared bottom edge will fit nicely around the shoulders. Garter stitch keeps the cowl edges from rolling.

This pattern is offered free in conjunction with the Knitting Daily TV segment 604 in which the designer appears. For more info on this segment, see KDTV’s website. Thanks also to Webs for sponsoring the segment.