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Seven Super Skills Cowl: a Cat Bordhi Workshop Pattern

Knitting
March 2012
Frog Tree Ewetopia
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches in Stockinette in the round with both yarns held together
US 6 - 4.0 mm
375 - 425 yards (343 - 389 m)
One size fits all; given in two versions, one short and worsted weight; the other at a finer gauge and longer (Frog Tree Ewetopia version, which has become my blankie!)
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Introducing my new Cat Bordhi Workshop Pattern Series:
Each pattern will teach a collection of “knitter’s jewels.” These are techniques you will treasure and use again and again.

THE SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS PATTERN ARE:
• The stretchy Crocodile Cast-On: page 3
• Determine tail length needed: page 3
• Digest and internalize a chart: page 5
• Perfect your SSK lines with Hungry Stitch: page 9
• Work pairs of crossed stitches: page 9
• Draw stitches and read your knitting: page 9
• Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off: page 12
• A smooth chain closure to a circular edge: page 12

The pattern includes 6 live video tutorial links so that I can “sit beside you” and demonstrate a technique just as I would in a real workshop.

About the cowl design: I wear the Ewetopia version of this cowl everywhere and cannot bear to travel without it—it has become my blankie, and I now knit them for loved ones. I first taught this workshop to thirty yarn shop owners at the TNNA convention (The National Needlework Association) in Phoenix in January 2012. To my delight, not a single knitter in the room knew more than a few of the techniques, and many finished the cowl that day or the next. This encourages me to think that you too will be as happy as they were to learn these tricks and will also enjoy wearing the cowl. With these skills in your repertoire, you will be a more agile and confident knitter, make fewer mistakes, and will love the end results. By the way, it turns out there are eight skills included … I couldn’t stop.

And if you are intrigued by the photos of Perú, visit my website (catbordhi.com) to learn more about the tours I am co-leading to Peru several times a year to bring modern and indigenous knitters together in intimate, transformative settings. It is heaven.