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Birmingham, AL, United States

Elizabeth comes from a long line of fibre-obsessed women. She has recently taken up spinning, which fascinates her husband and confuses her cat.

A transplant from the wilds of Canada's west coast, ...

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from Elizabeth Elliott
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Gyre

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • stranded colourwork/Fair Isle
  • ssk decreases

Pattern Description:

This soft, squishy cowl is worked in the round using stranded colourwork. The resulting fabric is thicker and cushier than regular stockinette fabric.
Pattern includes instructions for an unlined version with I-cord cast on and bind off and a reversible, lined version with reverse stockinette edging. The I-cord edging and the jogless barber pole stripe technique used for the lining are explained in the pattern.


25 sts & 26.5 rows = 4"/10cm in pattern on larger needle

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Lined version: 53cm/21" around, 21.5cm/81⁄2" high
  • Unlined version: 53cm/21" around, 23cm/9" high


  • 4.0mm/US6 60cm/24" circular needle or size to obtain gauge
  • Lined Version: 3.5mm/US4 60cm/24" circular needle (or .5mm/2 sizes smaller than main needle)
  • Lined Version: Spare cable for a 100cm/40" needle or longer (optional - can use scrap yarn instead)
  • Unlined Version: 1 DPN 4.0mm/US6 or smaller
  • Malabrigo Silky Merino (51% silk, 49% merino; 137m/150yd per 50g) MC: 1 skein (2 for lined version); CC: 1 skein

You Will Also Need:

  • 1 stitch marker (2 different markers for lined version)
  • yarn or tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • 1 locking stitch holder or scrap yarn