arrows and doorways by Sara Bauer

arrows and doorways

November 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
3.25 mm (D)
500 - 650 yards (457 - 594 m)
one size
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The design for this super-cozy cowl was inspired by textiles in a hotel lobby. Concentric geometric shapes kept playing in my mind until finally I was able to chart the pattern and get it onto my needles. The interplay of this chevron-like patterning has a mesmerizing effect--while you’re knitting and when you wear the finished accessory.

Knit up a cowl with yarn from your stash, adding some magical new mini-skeins from your advent calendar, or exchange leftover yarn with a friend. The design invites frequent color changes, and makes an ideal knit for the advent season. It could be just as striking knit with two high-contrast colors.

While most cowls of this type are seamed within a band of a single color, this pattern incorporates a technique called stranded donut grafting, an incredibly clever and completely seamless graft that allows you to maintain colorwork patterning so that your starting and ending rounds are undetectable. Really! With many possibilities for color play and a new technique to add to your skill set, this cowl pattern is really an opportunity for knitters to level-up!

This pattern has been carefully edited and test knit. There are links to video and written tutorials, developed by Ellen Silva, for the special grafting technique.

The purchase price of $8 US accurately reflects the time, energy, expertise and effort that has gone into creating this pattern. Sales of my knitting patterns help to support the cost of maintaining my audio podcast, and I am very appreciative of your purchase.

Because I believe that pattern purchases should be accessible for all knitters, I offer tiered pricing on my patterns. This promotion will remain in place until my next pattern release.

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Completed cowl measures approximately 8” (20cm) wide and 24” (61cm) long (unjoined).

For a two-color cowl, you will need approximately 75g each of two colors with high contrast.

For a cowl with color changes, you will need approximately 13g each of 6 different MC and approximately 75g for the CC. You will use approximately 12g of yarn (6g of MC and 6g of CC) for each repeat of the chart.

30g of smooth, tightly-plied waste yarn

US 3 (3.25 mm) 16” circular needles or size needed to obtain desired gauge

size D (3.25mm) or E (3.5mm) crochet hook

32 sts and 32 rnds = 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch after blocking

stitch markers (5)
2 very blunt tapestry needles