Wood Warbler cowl by Martina Behm
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Wood Warbler cowl

September 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
568 yards (519 m)
One size only

This is the seventh pattern from A Year of Techniques - a collection of 12 patterns to teach you new knitting skills.

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Stripes on the bias and some cunning shaping make this cowl something of a mystery while it’s on your needles!

The Wood Warbler cowl is not available as a single pattern.

The thread for all your queries and questions can be found here: September knitalong

Finished circumference: 78cm [30¾in]
Length at deepest point: 46cm [18in]

Schoppel Wolle Gradient (DK weight; 100% wool; 260m per 100g ball)
Yarn A: Yellow Filter / Gelbfilter (2306); 1 x 100g ball
Yarn B: Shadows / Schatten (1508); 1 x 100g ball
Yarn to make Wood Warbler, and Autumn Kits, are available in our online shop.

Either 2 sets 5mm [US 8] circular knitting needles, 80cm [32in] long, or size needed to match tension
Or 1 pair 5mm [US 8] interchangeable knitting needle tips and 2 cables plus stoppers
Crochet hook and waste yarn (optional – only required if you’re working a crochet provisional cast on instead of Judy’s Magic Cast On)

18 sts and 36 rows to 10cm [4in] over garter stitch, after washing and blocking

Refer back to August’s tutorial for instructions on working either the crochet provisional cast on, or Judy’s Magic Cast On.
Garter stitch grafting video

The cowl starts with a provisional cast on. Follow the instructions for step 1 if you use Judy’s Magic Cast On, or step 2 for a crochet provisional cast on. The cowl is worked on the bias in garter stitch stripes, and the yarns are carried up the side throughout. You leave the working yarn in the unused colour dangling down on the RS of the piece while you work with the other colour. To keep your edge neat, make sure you are consistent in how you pick up the yarn when you change colours – either pick up the new yarn from under the old, or from above, but stick with whichever you choose. Once the knitting is complete, the cast-on edge is grafted to the end to create the tube shape of the cowl.