Frippery Cowl by Lauren Rad

Frippery Cowl

May 2021
both are used in this pattern
yarn held together
+ Lace
= DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette, in the round and blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
220 - 240 yards (201 - 219 m)
One size – Finished measurements 23” (58.5 cm) in circumference and 7.5” (19 cm) tall
low vision format available
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frippery (n.) - a: FINERY; also: an elegant or showy garment
b: something showy, frivolous, or nonessential
c: OSTENTATION; especially: something foolish or affectedly elegant

One of the things I love about lace is how you can play with the scale of it and create a totally different feel. A stitch that is delicate at a smaller gauge can be showy, even ostentatious at a larger gauge. For this cowl, I took the lace stitch that looked fine and dainty in the Solace Mitts and Herbary Hat, but I scaled it up using a needle size that’s four times larger. Now that’s drama.

And especially during times of stress and anxiety, a little bit of frippery can sometimes go a long way toward raising the spirits. I hope this dramatically lacy cowl gives you a little boost as you go about your day.

One size – Finished measurements 23” (58.5 cm) in circumference and 7.5” (19 cm) tall

Heavy lace-weight to light-fingering weight yarn, 220 yds (201 m); held double with lace-weight silk mohair yarn, 220 yds (201 m)

Sample shown knit in Ocean by the Sea Quill, 541 yds (495 m) per 100 g (3.53 oz), single-ply 100% Falkland wool, held double with Knit Picks Aloft, 72% Super Kid Mohair, 28% Silk, 260 yds (238 m) per .9 oz (25 g)

4” (10 cm) square = 20 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette, in the round, after blocking

One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle sizes: US 6 (3.5 mm)

One stitch marker; optional stitch markers between sections
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Requires decreases and knitting in the round