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Manic Panic Cowl


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The beauty of a cowl, whether it is short or long, is that it is, in essence, one never-ending loop. With a scarf you are limited by having two ends that must be pulled up or held together in some manner, but the cowl is able to twist and turn into a scarf, a hood, or even a shrug with just the slightest movement of fabric. In this variation on the Mini Mania Scarf, I've thrown out the ends and created an epic, endless loop in a manic color palette all your friends will want. The best part about this cowl is you can knit it with all those little bits of leftover yarn that have been multiplying like rabbits in the corners of your stash. Make it unique by knitting it big or little, fat or skinny, in a loop or even twisted as a moebius! This pattern uses the eponymous fabric stitch, or linen stitch, so named because it looks similar to a woven linen fabric. The stitch uses simple slipped stitches to create a dramatic finished project and is knit lengthwise to most accurately replicate the style of a woven garment. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knitting purling slipped stitches SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Short: ~333 stitches, 4.25 ft. (chest length) Medium: ~445 stitches, 5.25 ft. (waist length) Long: ~555 stitches, 6.25 (torso length)

Supplies Needed

  • US 6 needles
  • 225-1,000 yards of scrap fingering weight / sock yarn
  • crochet hook or darning needle, for weaving in ends

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Exchanging Fire
Exchanging Fire
I am a writer and photographer with a love for yarn, a gift for gabbing, and a talent for acquiring hobbies. So basically, I like collecting things, talking too much, and taking pretty pictures. And squishing soft stuff. Like kitty bellies. Yum! “All things are an exchange for fire, and fire for all things, as goods for gold and gold for goods.” – Heraclitus, 6th century BCE