Sophisti-cowl by Fiona Hamilton-MacLaren


December 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch, unstretched
US 8 - 5.0 mm
110 - 140 yards (101 - 128 m)
13 cm / 5” deep and 50 cm / 19 ½” around
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Combining warm, squishy garter stitch with an i-cord edging gives a crisp finish to a simple cosy cowl. Opt for a stylish neutral or go wild with colours. Six buttons give an option to accessorise- keep it simple or pick out some showstoppers.

Needles: 5.0 mm / US size 8 needles for working flat.

Yarn: 80 g heavy aran weight yarn, 166 m per 100 g.
Sample shown in A little bit Sheepish British Bluefaced Leicester Aran; 100% wool; 166 m / 181 yd per 100 g, in “Minerva”.

Notions: Cable needle, tapestry needle, six 15 mm buttons.
Skills: Cast on, working flat, knit, increases, cast off, weaving in ends.

Gauge: 19 stitches and 32 rows over 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch, blocked but un-stretched. Gauge is not critical for this project, but different gauges may affect the size and yardage used.

Sizing: Pattern as written creates a cowl 13 cm / 5” deep and 50 cm / 19 ½” around. The depth and circumference can be adjusted by working more, or fewer, increases and adding to the straight garter section.

For the matching mitts look for the Sophisti-mitt pattern.