Slippery Elm Cowl and Cap by Evelyn Uyemura
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Slippery Elm Cowl and Cap

Light Fingering ?
6 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
440 - 460 yards (402 - 421 m)
One size
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This pattern has been test-knitted. Thanks to Gilby, Medibrat, and Diane.


I wanted a cowl that could be pulled up to cover your face in cold weather and that fits snugly (but not too tight!)around your neck to keep out the cold wind.

I named it Slippery Elm both because of the simple slipped stitch pattern that creates the texture and because Slippery Elm is used by natural healers to sooth the throat. Your neck will feel warm and cozy in this cowl.

The cap is relatively lightweight, and I made it mainly to prove that I could also get a cap out of the same skein of yarn! If the weather is truly cold, you will want a warmer cap, so the pattern also includes instructions for an Aran weight version of the cap, done on US 9 needles.

Both the cowl and the light-weight cap can be made from a single skein of Malabrigo Sock Yarn, unless you knit very loosely, in which case you might need a second skein to finish the cap. (My cap used 33 grams of yarn. The cowl used 70 grams of yarn.)

Cowl and cap work up quickly on a 16” needle for but you will also need to use either dpns or Magic Loop technique to finish the top of the hat.