Counting Sheep Cowl by Lisa Hannan Fox

Counting Sheep Cowl

February 2024
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 43 rows = 4 inches
in Double knitting with larger needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
500 yards (457 m)
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About the Pattern

Knit this cute reversible cowl featuring an entire herd of sheep!

Sheep are the source of the beautiful, luxurious wool that many knitters use to knit their creations. They can also be darned cute! The Counting Sheep Cowl has an entire herd of sheep surrounding it. Depending on the yarn you use, it can have white and black sheep, blue and yellow sheep, purple and green sheep, or whatever color combination you can imagine! The cowl also comes in handy for insomnia — counting the sheep should put you right to sleep!

Double knit in the round from the bottom up, the cowl is fully reversible, featuring opposite color schemes on either side. Use two solid colors for a classic look or a solid paired with a variegated yarn for a more interesting color combination (gradual or subtle color changes work best).

Instructions are included for the double knitting technique. The finished size of the cowl is approximately 8 inches (20.3 cm) tall and 24 inches (61 cm) around. The color work design is chart only, not written instructions.

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  • Size 2 US (2.75 mm) circular needles of 24-32 inches (61-81 cm).
  • Size 1 US (2.25 mm) circular needles of 24-32 inches (61-81 cm) (optional for a neater cast on edge).
  • Approximately 250 yards (229 m) each of two contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn.
  • Needle to weave in ends.
  • 2 stitch markers in different colors to mark the chart repeat and end of round.

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