From the pattern:
The Raritan River is not remarkably large, nor possessed of any spectacular features, and yet in its sinuous winding through the wooded surroundings it achieves a simple beauty. The beauty of this cowl is likewise in its simplicity - an easy lace pattern looks equally attractive (though very different) on both sides, and just a touch of ribbing gives it a gentle hourglass shape which drapes perfectly. Though I have chosen a variegated colorway that reminds me of the Raritan on a fall day, this pattern looks equally elegant in solid and handpainted yarns.
The Raritan Cowl is simple enough for confident beginners, and a great choice for new lace knitters. For knitters with more experience, this is a great tv knitting project to complete in an evening or two. The skills required include knitting in the round, k1p1 ribbing, yo, k2tog, and ssk. A ribbed cable cast-on is recommended, but a stretchy cast-on method can be substituted if desired.
This cowl is available in S, M, and L, which are presented as S (M; L).
Measurements: 10 in. (25.5 cm) long; 17 in./ 43 cm (19 in./ 48 cm; 21 in./ 53 cm) circumference at narrowest point, 20.5 in./ 52 cm (23 in./ 58.5 cm; 25 in./ 63.5 cm) circumference at widest point.
The sample shown at top is a size M, and the model is 5’3”.
115 yds/ 105 m (130 yards/119 m; 145 yds/ 133 m) DK (8 ply) weight yarn
Shown: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in Olivewood; 70% merino 30% silk single-ply DK weight, 150 yds (137 m)/ 1.76 oz (50 g)
US size #8 (5 mm) 16 in. circular, or size to obtain gauge
18 sts x 14 rows = 4 in. in lace pattern: measured relaxed after blocking, with points blocked out and measured at longest point.
1 stitch marker; tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)
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