Herding Cats Cowl by Lisa Hannan Fox

Herding Cats Cowl

March 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 covered in cats!

Any cat owner knows that cats have minds of their own. The Herding Cats Cowl shows what happens if you try to herd cats… they just do their own thing. Cute cats cover both sides of this warm, reversible cowl.

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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