Cadwyn Cowl by Frances Othen-Wales

Cadwyn Cowl

April 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Colourwork chart
US 6 - 4.0 mm
210 - 237 yards (192 - 217 m)
Child, Adult
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The Cadwyn Cowl is a cosy short cowl made up of a mixture of two and three colour stranded colourwork and a border of twisted cable ribbing at each end. The design is inspired by traditional geometric fair isle patterns and the natural colours of early spring. Cadwyn means “bright chain”, referencing the way that the different colourwork patterns move across the cowl. The cowl is knit entirely in the round and uses 4 colours of DK weight yarn making this an excellent project to use up scraps.

Two Sizes: Child (Adult)

Dimensions: 25 (30) cm / 10” (12”) diameter, 22cm / 8.5” height

Yarn: a total of 191m / 210yds (227m / 237yds) DK weight yarn in 4 colours
MC1: 59m / 65yds (70m / 75yds)
MC2: 59m / 65yds (70m / 75yds)
CC1: 42m / 46yds (50m / 55yds)
CC2: 31m / 34yds (37m / 40yds)

(Sample shown in West Yorkshire Spinners Fleece DK in Ecru and Light Brown, and Bluefaced Leicester DK Solids in Sage Green and Honey)

Needles: 4mm 60cm / 24” length circular needle or whatever size necessary to meet gauge requirements (a shorter cable may be necessary for the Child size).

Gauge: 24 stitches and 26 rounds = 10x10 cm / 4”x4” in colour work chart. Gauge is not critical for this garment but be aware that if you do not attain gauge you may have different yardage requirements than those stated.

Notions: stitch marker, tapestry needle, blocking materials.

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