Khiva Cowl by Anna Pack

Khiva Cowl

November 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
617 yards (564 m)
one size
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Featuring stranded colourwork knitted in the round, and grafted to form a continuous loop, the geometric patterns in this warm and cosy cowl are inspired by the striking patterns of traditional tilework in Khiva, Uzbekistan. A matching Khiva Hat is also available.

Buy both the Khiva Cowl and Hat patterns together for a special combined price of £5.

Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift 100% wool (105m/115yd per 25g ball):
2 balls 237 Thistledown (A)
1 ball 261 Paprika (B)
2 balls 127 Pebble (C)
2 balls 187 Sunrise (D)

Yarn substitution:
The following approximate quantities of a similar fingering weight yarn may be used (quantities may vary depending upon gauge and type of yarn used):
A – 194m/212yd
B – 65m/71yd
C – 139m/152yd
D – 166m/182yd

Needles and Notions
3mm/US 2.5 (or size required to obtain gauge) preferred needle(s) for medium circumference knitting (eg a circular needle, 40cm/16in length).
Spare needle(s) at or below gauge size to hold stitches for grafting.
Crochet hook of similar size to gauge needle and waste yarn for provisional cast-on.
Stitch marker.
Tapestry needle for finishing.

34 sts and 38 rounds to 10cm/4in, after wet-blocking, across stranded colourwork. Gauge achieved with 3mm/US 2.5 needles. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Measurements and Sizing
Circumference 66cm/26.25in, height 21cm/8.5in.

Skills Required
The pattern uses stranded colourwork, requiring the anchoring of longer yarn floats behind work. Other techniques include a provisional cast-on and Kitchener stitch to graft the cowl seamlessly. Links to available online information on these techniques are given in the pattern or on my blog.