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This cowl is designed to be rolled down or up as a hood. Worn rolled down it might be rolled starting with a two inch turn down that rolls it to drape around the neck or a four inch turn down so that it comes up to keep the ears warm. It can also be worn fully extended to drape loosely over the head as a hood. Folding a small cuff in the edge of the hood, next to the face will give you a bit more structure and body when it is worn as a hood. Below the cowl is the drawstring, then the piece changes texture for a more stable, less 'drapey' fabric, towards the shoulder.
The draw string is three strands of crocheted chain, braided but it could also be achieved easily with "I-cord;
http://www.purlbee.com/i-cord-tutorial/ (cut and paste this link)
or a simple multiple strand braid.
The bonus pattern is for finger free mitts, just two simple ribbed tube pieces with holes for the thumb. They are done on size 8 needles produce a tighter fabric and to give them more shape as more durability is needed in mitts than in a cowl, The part that covers the fingers is worked long, it can unfolded back out of the way to allow for better dexterity or opened towards the fingers to offer more warmth to the fingers. The mitts can be worn alone, or over gloves or mittens in the deep winter for more warmth.
6 stitches per inch in stockinette
700 yards of Fingering weight
I know it's warm and humid now but - Autumn and winter bring cold dampness and ice here in the north east. You are still going to need some cowls and mitts for yourself and your family. Have you begun your holiday knitting yet. Are you ready for gifting and the unpredictable weather that still lies ahead? Get your needles clicking now and get to work, because once September comes, days will ...
I know it's warm and humid now but - Autumn and winter bring cold dampness and ice here in the north east. You are still going to need some cowls and mitts for yourself and your family. Have you begun your holiday knitting yet. Are you ready for gifting and the unpredictable weather that still lies ahead? Get your needles clicking now and get to work, because once September comes, days will shorten and you know your time will be shorter too. Here are a few simple and lovely patterns for you to choose from.
A warm deep cowl hood with a free bonus pattern for mitts - http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/soft-and-snugly-knitted-cowlhood--bonus/57551
An interesting sidewards knit hat - http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/zzs-welted-hat/57549
Easy color work in a shrug, cowl, hood and shawl all in one! - http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/faux-fair-isle-scarf-stole-hood-wrap/57556
For those looking for extra warmth in a hat, this flat knit is doubled! - http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/sideways-and-snuggley-a-double-hat/59372
and there are others.
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