Four Calling Birds by Laura Aylor

Four Calling Birds

December 2023
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
250 - 270 yards (229 - 247 m)
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When all was said and done with the design process for Just for You 10, there were 4 different versions to choose from. The original version has a pleated edging, textured lace, and short rows. An alternate version is just like the original but without short rows. The EZ (“easy”) version has the pleated edging but uses a simple knit and purl pattern for the body of the cowl, and the EZ for guys version has the same knit and purl pattern but with a simple garter edging. See the 4 options labeled in the first photo. There are 2 pdfs. The “lacey version” is for the original and the alternate versions and the “EZ version” is for the EZ and EZ for guys versions.

Skills required
Long-tail cast-on
Knitting in the round
Yarn overs (optional)
German short rows (optional)

Approximate measurements in inches
Lacey versions -
Height in front: 12.5/9 (original version/non short-row version)
Height in back: 8.5
Circumference at top: 19.5
Bottom circumference: 26
EZ versions -
Approximately 22” around at the base, 20” around at the top, and 9” tall after blocking

Approximately 220-270 yards of DK-weight yarn. 270 for the original version, 255 for the alternate version without short rows, 250 for the EZ version, and 220 for the EZ for guys version
24” US 5/3.75 mm circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge. The entire project can be worked on 24” circulars but the long cast-on and pleated edging for all but the EZ for guys version will be easier to manage on a longer cable
Stitch markers, including 1 locking marker if working the pleated edging
Lifeline (use a thinner yarn or floss) for lacey versions
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

This pattern was originally released as the 2023 Just for You 10 MKAL. See the thread here

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Original version (ivory) was knit in Knit Picks Capra DK in Platinum, Alternate version (plum) was knit in Miss Babs Kunlun in Corset, EZ version (cream) was knit in Miss Babs Kunlun in White Peppercorn, and EZ for guys version (navy) was knit in Grey Drizzle Fibers Merino Storm