BIG Braid by Mary-Ann Lammers

BIG Braid

January 2018
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
See Gauges In Notes Below
436 - 437 yards (399 - 400 m)
one size (see notes)
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BIG Braid is the second in a series of designs featuring a braided effect.
( Please click here to see the first pattern Braid )

Simple, classic and elegant, braids are a timeless technique that looks impressive and adds a real statement to your look.

This look is BIG and bold but still soft and supple with no bulk at the back of your neck because the braids start and stop just below your shoulders.

While the look appears complicated it is actually not.The cowl starts with knitting flat, then divides to create the braid strips, which are also knit flat (there is a photo tutorial on braiding the strips) and then returns to one piece to finish the length. One end nestles under the other and then buttons are sewn through the layers (no buttonholes) for a decorative finish. Or, if you prefer not to have buttons then you can simply seam the back together using whichever method you prefer.

Easy, quick and fun pattern to make! Very good directions and pictures. klhklh

Both Versions Require:
12mm/US17 needles, circular or straight.
3 sections of scrap yarn approx. 12” long to be used for stitch holders.
Tapestry needle.
5 buttons, 7/8 inch.

Version #1:
Finshed measurements: blocked, 9 ½” wide by 29” long.
Gauge: blocked, 8 stitches x 11 rows in 4” square Stocking stitch.
Patons Shetland Chunky, 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool. 100Gr/136 meters.
Colour A: 2 balls White #78006. (77 gr. leftover).
Colour C: 1 ball Taupe #78022. (48 gr. leftover).
Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds, 72% Acrylic, 25% Wool, 3% Viscose. 85gr/114m.
Colour B: 1 ball Pewter #67044.

Version #2:
Finished measurements: unblocked 9” wide by 29” long.
Gauge: unblocked, 9.5 stitches x 11 rows in 4” square Stocking stitch.
King Cole Embrace DK, 60% Polyamide, 40% Acrylic. 100Gr/245 meters.
Colour A: 1 ball Cream #2235. (25 gr. leftover).
Colour B: 1 ball Latte #2236. (51 gr. leftover).
Colour C: 1 ball Eucalyptus #2237. (64 gr. leftover).

K2tog……………… knit the next two stitches together to decrease one stitch.
Kfb………………… knit through the front and back loop of next stitch to increase one stitch.
Repeat ()……….. repeat what is written between the brackets.

These cowls require knitting with three strands of yarn held together at all times. Divide the balls of yarn into 3 equal balls of each colour.
You can alternatively use the Navajo method of working with one skein and creating a chain as you pull the yarn from the ball.

Thank you to H. Waitte for tech editing.

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