X-Factor Cowls by Isabell Kraemer

X-Factor Cowls

March 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in double garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
4.0 mm (G)
270 yards (247 m)
1, 2
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Let Field Guide No. 10: Downtown transport you to the heart of great design.

Once upon a time, Isabell Kraemer improvised two nesting cowls like this, to keep warm in her studio. People loved them. We loved them, too, and prevailed upon her to write up a proper pattern for them.

Juicy corrugated goodness here, in a dimensional ribbed design that is achieved using double garter stitch. You start with a provisional (crochet) cast-on, and graft the ends of the piece together using Kitchener stitch.

The two cowls are sized so that you can wear either one by itself, or you can nest one inside the other if you’re looking for extra style and coziness.

The drawstring is bonus fun, to make (a hand mixer may be involved) and to wear.

Kingston by Jill Draper [4 oz (113 g) skeins, each approx 270 yds (247 m), 100% targhee wool]: 1 skein Abeel, Elmendorf, Flatbush, Forsyth, Gage, Hasbrouck, Rondout, or Wiltwyck
— Size US 6 (4 mm) needles, or size needed to achieve gauge
— Crochet hook size US G-6 (4 mm) or 7 (4.5 mm)

Knitted Measurements
— Circumference: 22.5” (24.25”) [57 (61.5) cm]
—Length: 12” (9.5”) [30.5 (24 cm)]
—A skein of Kingston makes either size.

1 (2)

—20 sts and 34 rows = 4” (10 cm) over Double Garter stitch

Special Technique
— German Short Rows
— Kitchener Stitch
— Twisted Cord

Cowl is worked lengthwise, beginning with a provisional cast on, then both ends are grafted together using Kitchener stitch. A twisted cord is worked and threaded through eyelet rows.