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Lost Labyrinth

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Lost Labyrinth
Lost Labyrinth
Lost Labyrinth

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Skills: k2tog, ssk, YO, knitting in the round.

Pattern Description:

According to the dictionary, a labyrinth is a place of "intricate passageways and blind alleys"; something complex in its arrangement; an elaborate combination of paths or passages in which it is difficult to find one's way or to reach the exit; or the huge maze, Knossos, said to have been constructed by Daedalus for King Minos in ancient Crete to contain the Minotaur.

Here the labyrinth itself is lost: the pattern of this cowl appears complex with its twists and turns, its rooms separated by straight pathways, but in fact it is a simple combination of basic decreases paired with well-placed yarn oversa simple, quick-to-knit cowl with a lot of interest. The points on both top and bottom edges form from the stitch pattern, and can be emphasized with blocking.

Cowl is worked in the round from one end straight through to the other, then bound off. The model was knit with two strands of a soft lace weight yarn. It could easily be worked with one strandand fewer yardsof a fingering weight yarn.

Model: Malabrigo Lace in Velvet Grapes in small size; yarn held double; 470 yards in 50 grams; 100% baby merino.

Stitch instructions: Charted and written.


Gauge: 24 sts and 24 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stitch pattern, blocked.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished size: 26.5 x 16 [34.5 x 24] inches; 67.3 x 40. [87.6 x 61] cm.


  • Yarn: Lace weight, held double; 725 [1,450] yards.
  • Needles: circular US 7 (4.5 mm) needles, or size required for gauge

You Will Also Need:

  • Notions: 1 stitch marker required, more are optional.
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I have knit and crocheted, and done various forms of embroidery and needlepoint since early grammar school. Making things with bits of colored string is so integral to my being that the few times of ...

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