Canal Basin Square by Stacey Lewis

Canal Basin Square

December 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in stranded
US 6 - 4.0 mm
370 - 400 yards (338 - 366 m)
One size; Height: 10” (25 cm) from cast on to bind off edges Circumference: 22” (56 cm)
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Worked in DK weight yarn, this gender-neutral neck warmer features the perfect combination of easy cables and stranded motifs sure to please both the knitter and the recipient!

About the design:
This cowl is named after a history park in the tiny town of Scottsville, VA. The park features exhibits depicting the transportation history of Scottsville from the era of the Native American Monacan canoes to today. It is built on the original site of the James River and Kanawha Canal Basin, and emphasizes the history of the canals and locks and of the packet boats that utilized them.

The spiral cables in this design echo the James’ current and eddies, while the stranded motifs depict the many packages of goods that have been transported on this body of water over the centuries. The cowl is knit in a springy superwash merino DK weight yarn, making it a toasty addition to your winter wardrobe as you perhaps transport packages to and from your home. (No packet boat required!)

More information about the James River and Kanawha Canal can be found here on Wikipedia:

Techniques Used:
German Twisted cast on
Spiral rib featuring Right Twist stitch
Two-color stranded knitting
Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off

Materials Needed:
190 yards of main color and 90 yards of second, contrasting color smooth DK weight yarn Sample knit in Wollmeise Merino DK.
Size 6 US/ 4 mm 16” (41 cm) circular needles or size needed to achieve gauge
Stitch markers- at least one to mark beginning of round and more if desired to mark repeats
Tapestry needle

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