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Chill-chaser Cowl (in two lengths)


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Directions are given for two lengths of a fun, cozy, chill-cheating cowl - one that rests right up near the neck (18 inches) and one that is long enough to wear as a hood (48 inches). The samples are worked in a wonderful cotton/acrylic blend (perfect for those with wool allergies) but would work equally well in a worsted-weight wool. Four colors are needed for this design which is knit in the round. 18" cowl48" cowl MC 90 yds180 yds CC1 25 yds50 yds CC2 10 yds20 yds CC3 20 yds40 yds liner in CC3 n/a 140 yds The longer cowl has directions for knitting a contrast lining to cover the stranded-colorwork and add another layer for greater warmth. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knitting in the round colorwork experience -- stranded GAUGE 16sts x 22rnds = 4" stockinette knitted in the round SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS smaller = 18" x 8"; larger = 48" x 7-1/4" PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Kraemer's Tatamy Tweed COLORWAY four colors

Recommended with this pattern

  • approx 145 to 430 yards of worsted weight yarn (sample done in Kraemer's Tatamy Tweed in 4 colors .... see notes)
  • US #8 circs (16- and 40-inch circs)
  • stitch marker (1 to mark beg of rnd)

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By Hand, With Heart
By Hand, With Heart
Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy yarns back then. Knitting and designing were my constant activities throughout undergrad, grad school and family life until, in 1997, I finally went professional and established By Hand, With Heart ... traditional hand-knit designs with a modern twist. I now create designs for various knitwear outlets (including published designs in Knitters, INKnitters, Cast On), custom knit original designs, and self-publish my own patterns . I maintain a website ( where I discuss my work, my finds (reviewing books and supplies) and suggestions for teaching everyone this age-old art. I particularly love teaching all aspects of knitting ... from beginner to expert, from learning to read charts to designing your own. On most Saturdays, you can find me working at my LYS, Dog House Yarns in Culpeper. I am the exclusive designer for the cashmere-farm, Spring Gate Farm, located in Barboursville, VA. I earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) in 1988 and a BA in Print Journalism from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington) in 1983. I continue with my knitting education by attending seminars, voraciously reading all knitting books, magazines, and websites, and constantly honing my practical knitting skills. I was an active member of the Association of Knitwear Designers (which shut down, unfortunately). I am married, have 5 children (10 to 23 yrs) and keep busy homeschooling, working on the computer, writing articles, and knitting, knitting, knitting in rural Virginia. In 2008, a book I wrote was published "Great Yarns for the Close-Knit Family: over two dozen hand-knit designs inspired by a dozen fantastic family read-alouds"; a year later, another book I wrote hit the bookstores, "In His Image: Nurturing Creativity in the Heart of Your Home" (both are available on Amazon and other book outlets)..