Conduit Cowl/Wrap. by Nick Davis

Conduit Cowl/Wrap.

Knitting
February 2022
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette, worked in the round
US 6 - 4.0 mm
811 - 861 yards (742 - 787 m)
one size, but easy to customize if you feel like doing a little experimentation.
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Conduit Cowl/Wrap is at least three cowl (or wrap) styles in one calm project, and makes a good canvas for a collection of DK-weight yarn scraps and cool buttons.

This project is an easy technical knit; the look is determined by your yarn choices, and the versatility is in the finishing.

Designed as a slow, mid- to longterm project, Conduit Cowl is intended to use up odds and ends of DK/sportweight yarn over days or a week or two of knitting.

Since colors change whenever necessary or desired, it’s a good canvas for a daily-temperature color project or a scrapbook of yarns left over from previous projects. And of course you always could flaunt convention and go for a tasteful neutral in a single matching colorway instead.

It doesn’t skimp on yardage or depth, and the end result is a cozy cowl that can be worn as a long tube cowl (with enough depth for hood-style wear, too), a double-knit reversible tube cowl, or a short loop cowl. These are pretty intuitive, but if you’d like ideas, an extra style .PDF—included—shows these different looks specifically.

This project requires twelve 3/4/2cm buttons. I’d recommend using embroidery thread, sewing thread, or some sort of smaller thread (I used waxed linen) to open up your button options beyond the yarn-friendly ones, but this is optional, of course.

Materials:

  • 330-350g or 811-861yds of assorted DK/sportweight yarns/scraps; the cowl shown includes Malabrigo Yarns Arroyo, Knitpicks Merino Style, and Knitpicks Swish DK.
  • 1 16”+ circular needle in US6/4.0mm, or size needed for gauge.
  • 1-2 removable stitch markers or scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle.
  • 12 buttons, 3/4”/2cm
  • Optional: smaller needle, embroidery or sewing thread for buttons

Gauge:
For the cowl shown, gauge is 20 sts and 28 rows over 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch, worked in the round and lightly blocked. Please be sure to check your gauge.

Techniques:
For this project, you’ll need to be comfortable working in the round.