Pretty Thing by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Pretty Thing

October 2009
Lace ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
US 4 - 3.5 mm
164 yards (150 m)
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This cowl is- I think, a very pretty thing. In fact, I think that’s so true that I couldn’t think of any other name for it.

It uses only a little bit of yarn, the whole pattern is only 61 rows, it up- sizes by simply adding a repeat… there’s nothing tremendously difficult here, but I think this pattern does a bit of a magic trick, and ends up being far more than the sum of its parts. A very pretty thing.

Yarn: I used 20g (.7oz) of Roving Winds Farm 2ply cashmere in soft grey-brown, which was less than 150m. (164y) Almost any very soft fingering weight yarn would do.

Needle: This cowl is knit in the round on a 40cm, 3.5mm circular or DPNs (that’s a 16” #4 for Americans) but use whatever needle gets you gauge. (There are not enough stitches to go around a circular larger than 40cm. Don’t try.)

Gauge: 24 stitches to 10cm (4”) but gauge isn’t tremendously important, as long as you don’t knit it so tightly that it won’t go over your head.

Size: small-medium (fits over my 21 inch head) Feel free to upsize if you don’t care to have it fit so closely to your neck, knit very tightly, or have concerns about big-headed- ness. You can add another 17 stitch repeat of the chart very easily, and each repeat will add about 5cm (or 2”). Remember that increasing the size will take more yarn.

This pattern has a chart, but does not provide line by line instructions. It’s only 61 rounds though, so I encourage you to try.

NOTE: The cast on of 118 stitches is correct. It will help you if you wait to set markers until round 7.