Born This Way Cowl by Mary W Martin

Born This Way Cowl

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Celebrate your DNA. Celebrate being Born This Way!
Please also see the Born This Way Scarf.

This cowl uses the Fusion Knitting Technique to create a mirrored DNA pattern on both sides of the fabric.

This can be knit with any weight of yarn and is adjustable in both circumference and height. It is shown here in fingering weight version with 5 horizontal & 5 vertical repeats. The worsted weight version has 7 horizontal repeats and one centered vertical repeat.

The cowl uses 2 colours of yarn of the same weight. Look for yarns that are smooth and not sticky. This looks great using 2 solid/tonal colours of yarn or a solid paired with a gradient/self-striping/variegated yarn.

Fingering Weight Cowl Sample
Finished Size: 24 in/ 61 cm circumference; 12 in/ 30 cm height.
Yarn: 260 yards/ 237 metres each of 2 colours in fingering weight
Recommended Yarn: Urth Yarns Monokrom; 3052 & 3062; 1 skein each.
Needles: 3.25 mm/ US #3 circular needles 20 in/ 50 cm
Gauge: 28 st and 56 rows to 4 in/10 cm in purlwise garter worked flat
Variation: knit a strand of DNA in each colour of the rainbow; requires 1 skein of fingering weight yarn in a solid colour & six 20g minis in colours of the rainbow.

Worsted Weight Cowl Sample
Finished Size: 50 in/ 127 cm circumference; 6 in/ 15 cm height.
Yarn: 1 skein each of 2 colours in worsted weight yarn
Recommended Yarn: Urth Yarns Uneek Worsted 4004 & Urth Yarns Monokrom Worsted 4063
Needles: 4.5 mm/ US #7 circular needles 32 in/ 80 cm
Gauge: 18 st and 38 rows to 4 in/10 cm in purlwise garter worked flat
Variation: use two solid colours

This pattern is suitable for knitters with experience with cables. A video and picture tutorials are provided for the 1-into-5 stitch that creates the curve at the base of the DNA strands.

Thank you for your support of the Trevor Project. $852USD was donated from the introductory sales of the Born This Way Scarf & Cowl.

Tech editor: Kate Atherley

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