Aberration Cowl by Briana Arlene

Aberration Cowl

August 2023
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in colorwork knit in the round, after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
613 yards (561 m)
One size
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The Aberration Cowl is the perfect accessory for when fall ushers in cooler air and you crave a hint of coziness in your wardrobe. The colorwork motif is inspired by the way old window glass turns the changing leaves into an impressionist painting of autumn hues. With a 2-stitch repeat that is easy to memorize, this cowl knits up quickly. Curate an assortment of harvest-hued yarns or let your stash inspire you to create a palette all your own. This pattern is a great stash buster!

Design & Construction: Aberration is a bandana cowl. It is initially knit flat and then joined to work in the round. Increases are worked along a center spine, and additional spines are created in the bottom third of the cowl to create a slightly fanned shape. The simple stranded colorwork motif uses 6 colors with no more than 2 colors worked at a time. Corrugated ribbing visually extends the colorwork to the very edge of the cowl.

Stitch Patterns: Some stitch patterns are only charted, so you should be confident in your chart reading skills—or be open to learning!

One size

16.5 in. wide x 21.25 in. deep
42 cm wide x 54 cm deep

Light fingering weight wool or wool blend
140 g/613 yds (560 m) in 6 colors divided as follows:
C1: 44 g/193 yds (176 m)
C2: 16 g/70 yds (64 m)
C3: 24 g/105 yds (96 m)
C4: 22 g/96 yds (88 m)
C5: 18 g/79 yds (72 m)
C6: 16 g/70 yds (64 m)

Your stash! The sample cowl contains less than 1 skein of each of the following yarns, which were left over from other projects.
C1: Emilia & Philomene Mr. Bouthilette in Alice (100 g/438 yds (400 m)) – 85% bluefaced leicester wool, 15% nylon
C2: CaMaRose Yaku 4/16 in Mellemgr (50 g/219 yds (200 m)) – 100% superwash merino wool
C3: Knitpicks Hawthorne Fingering in Kerns (100 g/357 yds (326 m)) – 80% superwash highland wool, 20% nylon
C4: Sprigs and Stone Mer-Yak Fingering in Wanderer (120 g/523 yds (478 m)) – 65% superwash merino wool, 20% silk, 15% yak
C5: Uschitita Merino Sock in Canyon (100 g/465 yds (425 m)) – 75% superwash merino wool, 25% nylon
C6: Urth Harvest Fingering in Hazelnut (100 g/435 yds (400 m)) – 100% superwash extrafine merino wool

US 4 (3.5 mm) for body
US 3 (3.25 mm) for ribbing
For each needle size, you will need 24 in. (60 cm) circular needles.

Measure gauge in the round, after blocking.
32 sts and 28 rows = 4 in. (10 cm)

I-cord tab cast-on, knit increases, stranded colorwork worked flat and in the round, chart reading, corrugated ribbing, tubular bind-off