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Cowl for Winter Walks


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Perfect for keeping cozy on long winter walks, this stunning heavy-worsted-weight cowl has a graceful, meandering lace pattern that works its way around the cowl. The garter edge keeps the cowl from curling, ensuring a warm winter walk. Shown here in Cascade's 220 Superwash Aran (a heavy-worsted merino wool), this cowl knits up quickly. Directions are charted and row-by-row. You'll be working this cowl flat (and then seaming the back neck) so either circs or straight needles may be used. So get knitting before Father Winter comes calling, you may even have time to knit a few for gifts. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY understanding of working YOs, ssk, k2tog, GAUGE 12sts x 15rws = 4" stockinette, worked flat and blocked SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS shown size - 10/5 x 28 inches around directions are also given for a longer cowl -- 10.5 x 49 inches around SUGGESTED YARN 150 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Cascade's 220 Superwash Aran COLORWAY bright turquoise/teal

Recommended with this pattern

  • approx 150 yards of a heavy-worsted (Aran weight) wool or wool blend (sample used one skein of Cascade's 220 Superwash Aran)
  • US #10 (either straights or circs)
  • stitch markers (2)

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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)..