Braid by Mary-Ann Lammers
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Braid

Knitting
January 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
See Notes Below (Gauge is not critical) but can affect size and yardage.
US 8 - 5.0 mm
416 - 525 yards (380 - 480 m)
2 lengths
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This is the first of a series of cowl designs that will focus on the beauty of the “Braid” effect. Simple, classic and elegant, braids are a timeless technique that looks impressive and adds a real statement to your look.
(The second is also now published BIG Braid)

While the look appears complicated it is actually not.The cowl starts with knitting in the round, then divides to create the braid strips, which are knit flat (there is a photo tutorial on braiding the strips) and then returns to knitting in the round. One end tucks into 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.

All versions require:
5 mm/US 8 circular needles 40 cm/16” long.
Tapestry needle.
3 sections of scrap yarn approx 12” long for stitch holders of braid strips.
6 buttons, 5/8”
1 small (4”) stitch holder.

Version #1.
Gauge: unblocked - 23 stitches x 31 rows in 4” square Stocking stitch.
Finished measurements: unblocked – approx. 8” wide by 26” long.
Yarn requirements: Lang Malou Light Baby Alpaca.
50 grams/190 meters.
72% Alpaca, 16 % Nylon, 12% Wool.
Colour A: 1 ball white #887.0094.
Colour B: 1 ball light grey #887.0003.
Version #2.
Gauge: same as Version #1.
Finished measurements: unblocked – approx. 8” wide by 34” long.
Yarn requirements: Lang Malou Light Baby Alpaca.
Colour A: 1 ball light grey #887.0003.
Colour B: 2 balls darker grey #887.0005
(23 grams leftover)
Version #3.
Gauge: unblocked - 22 stitches x 28 rows in 4” square Stocking
stitch.
Finished measurements: unblocked – approx. 8” wide by 26”. (Pattern has been corrected, it originally said 7 1/2” wide).
Yarn requirements: Berroco Vintage DK.
100 grams/266 meters.
52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon.
Colour A: 1 skein (gold) Chana Doll #2192
(32 grams leftover).
Colour B: (light grey) Smoke #2106 (27 grams leftover)
Longer version requires 2 skeins of
light grey (92 grams leftover).

Stitches used in this design:
K……………………. knit.
P…………………….. purl.
K2tog……………… knit the next 2 stitches together to decrease 1
stitch.
M1R………………. make one right. Increases 1 stitch.
Using left hand needle pick up the bar between
stitches on needles from back to front. Then knit
one stitch through the front loop.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCV0VC0Yim4
PM………………… place marker.
SM………………… slip marker.
Repeat ()……….. repeat what is written between the brackets.
Colour A………….. starting colour.
Colour B…………. finishing colour.

Thank you to Berroco Yarns for your continued support and enthusiasm for my designs!

Thank you to H. Waitte for tech editing.

Questions?
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https://www.ravelry.com/groups/mary-ann-lammers-designs
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