Bålgård Cowl by Anna Friberg

Bålgård Cowl

February 2019
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stranded knitting
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
252 - 273 yards (230 - 250 m)
One Size
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Ack, Värmeland du sköna, du härliga land,
Du krona bland Svea rikes länder.
Och kommer jag än mitt i det förlovade land,
till Värmland jag ändock återvänder.
Ja, där vill jag leva och där vill jag dö.
Om en gång ifrån Värmland jag tager mig en mö,
så vet jag att aldrig jag mig ångrar.
Värmlandssången — Anders Fryxell (1795-1881)

Part five of the Yarnesty Cowl.lection Pattern Club takes you to the home to my maternal grandparents: Bålgård in the County of Värmland, close to the Norwegian border.
Bålgård is very rural, it is really only some houses along a bridle road. Maybe not much to see for a tourist. Close to Bålgård, however, is the cute town of Arvika. The middle of the town is well preserved and there are many cute wooden houses. When you don’t want to stroll anymore, there is a great patisserie by the town square where you can have tea and cake. My favourite place to take a lake-swim is Ingestrand, just a couple of kilometres south of the town. A place one can’t miss when in Arvika is the amazing linen-weaving mill, Klässbol. If you prefer yarn, my collaboration partner Moods of Colors has her yarn dying studio only half an hour west of Arvika, closer to the border, that is well worth a visit.

Notions & Needles
13 stitch markers

1 unique stitch marker for BOR m

Tapestry needle 

Crochet hook size of same size as needle

Circular needles in size to obtain gauge, e.g. with a length of 60 or 100 cm / 24” or 40”
When knitting the sample, gauge for colourwork and stocking stitch was obtained on 3.75 mm / US5 and on 4.0 mm / US6 for corrugated rib 
Note that I am a tight knitter so you may need to go down a needle size to obtain gauge.

Yarn used
Moods of Colors Cushy Cormo, 100% Cormo non-superwash, 150 m / 165 yd per 50g skein

MC, Rock Solid Grey Moods: 270 m / 300 yds

CC1, Brick Wall Moods: 90 m/ 100 yds

CC2, Natural White Moods: 75 m / 82 yds
The yarn Cushy Cormo is available online through this link
You need two skeins of the main colour and one skein each of the contrast colours.
Or if you prefer one contrast colour, one skein will be enough.

One size
The cowl is designed to fit very loosely around the neck.
Cowl circumference: 65 cm / 26”

Cowl depth: 34 cm / 13.5 ”

24 sts and 28 rnds = 10x10 cm / 4x4” in stocking stitch, colourwork and corrugated rib after blocking
I recommend to knit a swatch to make sure your gauge is correct. Otherwise, your cowl may have different measurements and can use up more yarn than defined in this pattern.