Three-Color Slipped-Stitch Cowl by Sandhya S.
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Three-Color Slipped-Stitch Cowl

Knitting
December 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
220 - 250 yards (201 - 229 m)
Height - 8.5" or 9.5", Circumference - 26.5" bottom edge & 21.5" top edge
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This cowl uses three colors of worsted weight yarn (approx. 75, 75 and 100 yards). It is worked flat in a six-row, slipped-stitch pattern, and seamed. You knit from the bottom up, changing colors every row, but using only one color across one row.

Casting on loosely is recommended because you start slipping stitches on the very first row after casting on. The lower border and body of the cowl are knit using US size 9 needles (or size needed to get gauge). For the top border, you switch to smaller needles.

The cowl is shaped with decreases on three rows on its lower half. You decrease 8 stitches evenly on rows 13, 19 and 25 – going down from a total of 123 stitches to 99 stitches. I could not do this completely unobtrusively because of the color changes, but that doesn’t bother me because the slight staggering of stitches isn’t noticeable when I put on the cowl. The pattern includes instructions for decreasing (the way I did) but if you know of another method to achieve cleaner decrease lines, you could use that instead.