Ocean Lava Cowl by Ana Ramos

Ocean Lava Cowl

Knitting
March 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
12 stitches = 4 inches
in There is a special tutorial for measuring gauge for this project.
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
449 yards (411 m)
One size
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This is a gender-neutral cowl that is soft and light as a cloud and warm like a cozy warm blanket due to its two-colored honeycomb brioche stitch. It’s a wonderful project to combine different colors and delight in how they knit up together.

It uses a provisional cast on, then it is knitted in the round up to the desired length and finished with an i-Cord BO. Then provisional cast on stitches on the beginning edge are picked up and another i-Cord BO is worked to make this cowl perfectly symmetrical.

Use the recommended yarn or any substitute yarn, even if thickness is different. Just make sure to swatch to ensure that it fits through your head!

Happy knitting!

Yarn
Malabrigo Silky Merino (51% Silk, 49% Merino Wool), 50 g = 137 m (1.76 oz = 150 yd) one hank each of colors A, B and C. Pictured are: 414 Cloudy Sky (A), 430 Smoke (B) and 403 Coral (C).

Gauge
In this project, the i-Cord BO’s (see “Abbreviations” and “Techniques” below) gauge is more important than the double honeycomb brioche stitch’s gauge. This is because the former’s fabric is less elastic than the latter’s, making it a more important measurement than that of the body of the cowl.

To swatch, using your favorite Cast On method, CO 33 sts and join to work in the round. Work in double color honeycomb brioche st pattern for 16 rds. You now have 33 sts, every other st accompanied by its yo. On next rd, k single sts, and k knit sts with its accompanying yo when needed. You will finish this rd with 33 k sts on your needles.

Using larger needles, BO all sts using i-Cord BO, as described in Techniques, below.

Measure your swatch around the BO edge, stretching it moderately, before and after washing and blocking.

Stretching it moderately, the 33 sts swatch measures 28 cm or 11 in around the BO edge. Round gauge is less important in this project and therefore not mentioned.

Tools
• Size 4.5 mm / US 7 - 60 cm / 23 in circular needles.
• Size 6 mm / US 10 - 80 cm / 32 in circular needles. This needle will be used for the i-Cord BO. Remember to adjust needle size, if needed, for i-Cord BO to stretch as to match the two-colored honeycomb brioche stitch fabric of the cowl.
• Stitch marker
• Scrap yarn
• Darning needle
• Row counter

Size
One size. You may need to increase or decrease st count if substituting yarn. If doing so, please keep in mind that you will need an odd number of CO sts.

Finished measurements:
a. Circumference: 57 cm or 22.5 in.
b. Height: 33 cm or 13 in.