Knitting at the Library Cowl by Cori Eichelberger

Knitting at the Library Cowl

October 2017
Suburban Stitcher Minis
Three Irish Girls Minis
Sun Valley Fibers Minis
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
380 - 420 yards (347 - 384 m)
several choices; approximately 22" X 17" for half cowl; 22 X 27" for full cowl blocked; many iterations for striping
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I use this cowl pattern with my new knitters when they move to my After Beginning Knitting class at my local library. It’s just enough of a step up to provide some new techniques without overwhelming them, and they garner a new cowl that is beautiful when they’re done.
This easy-to-knit cowl is perfect for a beginning knitter to stretch their new skills by incorporating different texture stitches into each section. Cast on with 4-8 colors in mind and work each section for as long as you like. Using mini-skeins or leftover fingering-weight yarn, this cowl is a delightful representation of the wearer in their favorite colors, or provides a colorful pop to brighten a neutral clothing palette. Try knitting it with gradient mini-skein kits to beautiful effect; turning the cowl on end will make the striping pattern look just like books on a library shelf!

Make the cowl longer or shorter by adding or eliminating stripes.
Cowl can be made in multiple sizes by changing needle size.

FINISHED SIZE: FINGERING: 11” X 16” 28 cm X 41 cm
WORSTED: 12 X 24” 30.5 cm X 61 cm.

YARN: FINGERING: approximately 400 yds per 100 g); or WORSTED: approximately 220 yds per 100 g); an assortment of mini skeins totaling approximately 400 yds/100 g (200 yds or 100 g) of four colors, at least, are recommended. If you have more of one color than the others, use it for the ribbing as well as within the cowl.

FINGERING: Sample was knit in Phydeaux Mini skein set of 4 colors (80% Superwash Merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 432 yards/395 m), 100 g total. Each section (8 total) uses
approximately 16 grams, depending on width of stripes.

WORSTED: Sample was knit in Sun Valley Fibers MCN Worsted (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10 nylon; 220 yards/201 m), 130 g total. Each section (of 5) uses approximately 25 grams depending on width of stripes.

This pattern was written for personal use, please honor the copyright. Do not reproduce.
Tech edit by Ellen Silva and graphic layout done by Erica Gunn. Photography by Anna Stauber. Model was Johanna Smith.
Test knitter were Ann Templeton, Deborah Simon and Christina Workman