Flocking Cowl by Lee Meredith

Flocking Cowl

March 2020
Aran (8 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Flocking Pattern in the round, blocked without stretching (gauge is approximate and not crucial, but it will affect finished size and yardage requirements)
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
240 - 284 yards (219 - 260 m)
25–26 (31–32.5)" circumference × 9–9.5 (11.5–12)" height, for Aran-bulky weight
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This fun, easy-to-memorize stitch pattern creates a very squishy, textured fabric; a great effect for a cotton yarn, which can tend to be a bit, well, unsquishy. The Garter Stitch base features slipped strands of yarn pulled up over several rows, literally squishing the fabric together with a V motif, vaguely resembling a flock of birds flying together (or flocking) over a cloudy sky.

Make a lighter weight, airier cowl with the heavy worsted weight Snuggle Puff yarn, which fluffs to look full but feels feather-light to wear. Or make a more substantial piece in the heavier weight Billow cotton, still cool for transitional weather but with a bit more heft. Stitch pattern is both written and charted.

1-color sample is larger size, 2-color sample is smaller size.

Note: The “Knit Under 3” step in the stitch pattern is worked the same as in a Butterfly Stitch (or sometimes called a Bowknot Stitch), so you can search video tutorials for that stitch pattern if you need some visual help.