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Aphra Behn Cowl


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Aphra Behn, a playwright whose work was performed during the Restoration period (1660-1685), was reputed to be the first woman to earn a living as an author. Her storied life included early widowhood and a carreer as a spy along with writing plays - not surprising that she would be an intriguing figure for the young me. I designed this cowl with her in mind, the hipster Restoration playwright. A little retro in design (in the 1600s at least), the ruffles give the wearer the warmth of a cravat with a feminine softness. I would love to think she would have totally gone for this little gem of an accessory. This piece is also a great exercise if you are wanting to practice and perfect your short row technique. Instructions on wrapping and turning as well as M1 are included in the pattern. Just as Aphra would, toss on this little neck-warmer to run out to the farmer's market and pick up a little something special before you scurry back to your writing. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit, Purl Knit front & back, K2tog GAUGE 18 stitches = 4" SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 29" long by 6" wide SUGGESTED YARN 200 yards of Sport weight

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Housewyfe Designs
Housewyfe Designs
I began designing knitting patterns as I started teaching knitting back in 2010 since I wanted to provide my students with simple patterns to push their skills. As I continued to design, inspiration caught me up in its whirlwind and I began playing with color and patterns. However, my continuing goal is to create patterns which inspire and teach new techniques to beginning and intermediate knitters. Recently, I joined with a partnership to run our local yarn shop and part of that was creating a space to display and sell local handmade fiber art. Inspired by the pieces coming into the shop, I started creating functional pieces of art.