Cutting Chai Cowl by Kavitha Raman

Cutting Chai Cowl

Knitting
September 2020
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
380 - 400 yards (347 - 366 m)
One Size : 54” / 137 cm circumference and 6.75” / 17 cm width.
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The cowl  starts with a few cast-on stitches and is knit flat. Small sections of garter, mesh, short rows and brioche are repeated and make for an interesting texture packed knit. The focal point of the cowl is a ‘color pop’ section that is done in 2-color syncopated brioche. All brioche stitch patterns are super simple 2-row repeats.

This design is my contribution to the second edition of Indian Designer Collaboration(indesco) - Monsoon Memoirs Sep 2020 and this is my inspiration behind the design.
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In many Indian households, the arrival of rain immediately calls for chai and snacks. To me, watching the raindrops splatter and braid down the windows, while sharing chai with a loved one is almost the Indian equivalent of the Danish ‘Hygge’.

The straight, slanting and curved lines featuring in this pattern, represents the window bars and the rain making patterns on it. There is a fun little color pop section in the cowl and I decided to make it in the color of ‘chai’.

Lastly, ‘Cutting Chai’ refers to half the quantity of tea sold at half-price, served in special small sized glasses. The idea is to enjoy several cups of tea throughout the day but also moderate the amount of intake in some way. :))
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FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Length/ Circumference : 54” / 137 cm.
Width : 6.75” / 17 cm.

YARN REQUIREMENTS
A total of 430 yards / 393 m of fingering weight yarn :
395 yards / 361 m in MC and
35 yards / 32 m in CC.
Any speckled, tonal or solid fingering weight yarn would be lovely.

YARN USED IN SAMPLE
MC: 1 skein of Bella Yarns Mendocino 4ply Fingering in Nordiska colorway; 100% Superwash Merino; 438 yards / 400 m per 100g/3.5 oz.

CC: About 10g of Marianated Yarns Scrumptious HT Fingering in QueenBee colorway; 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon;
400yard / 365m per 100g/3.5 oz.

NEEDLES
3.5mm / US 4 circular needles min 16” / 40 cm.
GAUGE
28 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10cm in pattern st, blocked.

NOTIONS
Tapestry needle.
Crochet hook close to 3.5mm size and some waste yarn for provisional CO.
Extra needle close to 3.5mm size for three-needle BO.

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