Roll out the Barrel by Shannon Squire

Roll out the Barrel

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Knitting
April 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
275 - 550 yards (251 - 503 m)
single loop (double loop)
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My grandmother loved polka music. Like, LOVED it. I used to help her out at these Wednesday night Party in the Parks in the local town square, selling popcorn and dancing with her in the gazebo. When I finished this cowl—which truly gave me the best knitting pleasure with every stitch—and Stefan suggested calling it the Barrel Cowl, the song The Barrel Polka jumped into my head, and I found myself thinking fondly of those Wednesday nights in the summers of my youth. The cowl also looks just as cool on the wrong side as it does on the right side, so it’s almost like two patterns in one.

Roll out the barrel, we’ll have a barrel of fun…


Yarn
approximately 275 (550) yards total worsted- or aran-weight yarn. I used Farmer’s Daughter Fiber Squish Worsted in Polebridge, cA, 215 (430) yards; & Plucky Knitter Traveler Aran in Sticky Toffee, cB, 60 (120) yards.

Needles
US8/5mm (or size to obtain gauge) circular needle. For the Single Loop cowl, I used a 24”, but you could use a shorter circular, or a very long one and utilize magic loop.

Finished measurements
Single loop (double loop): 25 (52)“ circumference; both sizes are 11” high.

You can totally stash-dive for your cB. You’ll need approximately 20 yards in your contrasting color for each working of the Slipped Stitch Section for the single loop cowl, and approximately 40 yards in your contrasting color for each working of the Slipped Stitch Section for the double loop cowl.