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Form Follows Function Cowl


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  • Brioche

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This cowl pattern is influenced by one of the most well known architectural principles. The pattern used three different stitch patterns to create sections of different elasticity and texture. The different sections serve different functional purposes - the mid section is knit in k1/p1 rib to provide optimum stretchiness so that the cowl hugs the neck closely. The upper/outer section is knit in half-brioche which draws in less than the ribbed section and therefore fits nicely over it without having to change the stitch count. The yoke section is raglan-shaped and knit in stockinette stitch to fit smoothly underneath any jacket. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic knit and purl. Knitting in the round. Long-tail cast-on and cast off. half-brioche (explained in pattern). Make one stitch. GAUGE 16 sts - 24 rows / 4" (10cm) in stockinette stitch (after washing). SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS S (child), M (small adult), L (large adult), neck circumference 7"/10"/13" (1x1 rib, unstretched) SUGGESTED YARN 330 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Drops Big Merino, Big Delight, any other heavy worsted/Aran yarn

Recommended with this pattern

  • 130-330yd (child-large adult)
  • US 8/5mm circular needle (or needle size to obtain gauge), 5 stitch markers

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