Fractal Cowl
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October 17, 2011

Fractal Cowl

Project info
Fractal Cowl by Emily Peters
Neck / TorsoCowl
24'' around by 8'' tall
Needles & yarn
US 4 - 3.5 mm
370 yards = 0.9 skeins
The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga!
0.45 skeins = 185.4 yards (169.5 meters), 50 grams
The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga!
0.45 skeins = 185.4 yards (169.5 meters), 50 grams

This pattern has been percolating in my head for years, since I tried to make a laptop case using it. I just recently had a “eureka!” moment where I realized that double-knitting would solve many of the problems I ran into on the original. And also, that it should be a cowl, because knitted laptop cases are somewhat impractical. As a bonus, double knitting means the cowl is reversible too. I think I’ll mostly wear it with the greener side out, though the purpler side is gorgeous too.

The main color in this cowl is my favorite gray ever. The contrast colors are from 5g minis, most of which I got in swaps and a couple of which I had to raid my stash for. Which totally justifies my having those skeins in my stash in the first place, right? And since SG skeins tend to be overweight anyhow, both skeins are still over 110 grams after their surgery.

In order, the mini colors are: robberfly, colorado hairstreak, pink toed tarantula, sundowner moth, great purple hairstreak, potter wasp, Gryphon’s purple soldier fly, blue stink bug, blue-arsed fly, starry night cracker, blue emperor dragonfly, and cuban cockroach. I have to say, I suspect some swappers of not being in their right minds for their willingness to part with these skeins (particularly the blue-arsed fly! I drooled the whole time I was knitting with it) but their generosity is the reason this cowl is so awesome.

If I made it again, I would go down a needle size -- it’s slightly wider and taller than it needs to be, and with slightly stiffer fabric, it would stand up and show off the pattern better.

(The last image shows two iterations of the process that produces the fractal.)

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by The Sanguine Gryphon
70% Merino, 20% Cashmere goat, 10% Nylon
412 yards / 125 grams

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  • Project created: October 18, 2011
  • Finished: October 18, 2011
  • Updated: December 7, 2011