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Hanois Cowl


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This pretty lace cowl was designed to use up approximately half a skein of luxury sock yarn (one sock's worth) but it's very easy to customise the fit and also adapt the pattern to different weights of yarn. The scalloped edge of the cowl reminded me of the waves crashing against the Hanois Lighthouse in St Peter Port, Guernsey. This is a great beginner lace project because the vertical lines in the lace make it easy to keep track of where you are in the pattern. The Hanois Cowl is designed to be worn short (folded in half with the straight top edge tucked in at the top as shown in the first photo). It also looks very nice worn "long" and slouchy; tuck the scalloped edges into your coat. Lighthouse inspiration photo credit Tim Har. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit, purl, basic lace knitting, knit in the round, cast on, bind off GAUGE Approx 8 stitches per inch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS The finished cowl measures approximately 24 cm long and 22 cm wide, but you can knit it as short or as long as you like. The finished cowl is quite snug on the neck; if you prefer a looser cowl just cast on an extra 8 or 16 stitches and add one or 2 lace pattern repeats. SUGGESTED YARN 190 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Knit Picks Gloss Fingering COLORWAY Robot

Recommended with this pattern

  • one 4mm straight knitting needle (for casting off)
  • size 3.25 mm (US size 3) circular needle (35.5cm/14 inches) or a set of long DPNs,
  • stitch marker, tapestry needle

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