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Rainbow Scales Cowl

from Joy Gerhardt Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Rainbow Scales Cowl
Rainbow Scales Cowl
Rainbow Scales Cowl
Rainbow Scales Cowl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Increases
  • Decreases
  • Knitting in the round

Pattern Description:

Take advantage of long or short color repeats in yarn by using this modular technique. The fan-shaped scales in this cowl are created in a method similar to entrelac - except for that you don't have to pick up any stitches! If you've never worked entrelac before, don't worry - just follow the instructions as written. After working a tier or two, you may find you have already memorized it!

Because of the amount of turning in this pattern, you may find it helpful to knit backwards. Find a few tutorials for knitting backwards here:

Note: The cowl can be knit in a variety of yarn thicknesses, for different qualities of fabric. A thinner yarn will result in a drapier cowl, while a thicker yarn will give a stiffer fabric.


5 stitches and 9 rows = 1 inch in stockinette

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • One size


  • US6 (4mm) needles
  • 140yds DK weight yarn

You Will Also Need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker

Suggested yarn:

140 yards of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Noro Silk Garden Lite

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