conic by Lori Versaci


September 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
375 - 550 yards (343 - 503 m)
neck cowl (hoodie cowl)
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Conic: a curve obtained at the intersection of a cone with a plane.

Conic is a beautiful 2 color slip-stitch op-art cowl that can be worn as a regular cowl or pulled up to become a hood. The technique used to create the fabric, slip-stitch knitting, is a wonderful way to produce beautiful colorwork patterns while still working with only one yarn at a time. The Conic Pattern purposefully varies the location of the slipped stitches in order to produce a combination of vertical, slanted and curved lines. This creates the “optical illusion” reminiscent of the Op-Art movement from the 1960’s.

Conic is one in a collection of 4 different op-art patterned cowls based on geometric shapes each of which has a different border treatment. The cowls are shown in three different Plucky Knitter yarns: Cashmere, Bello and Primo Fingering, each containing enough cashmere to feel fabulous against your skin.

The designs can be knit either as hoodie cowls or neck cowls. Instructions are provided for the cowls as shown and for the individual patterns and borders. So, it will be very easy for the adventurous knitter to customize her own version by altering the border, length, circumference or number of colors used!

Neck Cowl (Hoodie Cowl)

CIRCUMFERENCE 203⁄4 (24)”/52.5 (61)cm
HEIGHT 131⁄2 (191⁄2)”/34.5 (49.5)cm

* 2 skeins (1 in each color): The Plucky Knitter Cashmere (100% cashmere; 280 yds/250m per 50g skein) or Bello (55% merino wool, 45% cashmere; 380 yds/ 350m per 50g skein) or Primo Fingering (75% merino wool, 20% cashmere, 5% Nylon; 385yds/ 350m per 50g skein) or

  • Approx 375 (550) yds/350 (500)m sport or fingering weight yarn evenly split between 2 colors

Size 4 US (3.5mm) 16”/40cm circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge

24 sts and 36 rnds = 4”/10cm in St st; 27 sts and 44 rnds = 4”/10cm in Conic Pattern, blocked.
While exact gauge is not critical, variation in gauge will alter final measurements.

CO using long-tail method, then worked in the round. Cast off in I- cord.