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Polonaise Lace Cowl


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This lacy cowl begins with a provisional cast on and is knit in one piece in the round. The main body is worked in a simple dropped stitch pattern, and then the edgings are worked perpendicularly to the body. No bind off is needed because the live stitches are consumed as the edging is knit on. The pattern is a little bit challenging, but I have provided technique descriptions with hyperlinks to help you learn new skills. Because both sides of the main stitch pattern are attractive and the edgings are completely reversible, there is no particular right or wrong side or top or bottom edge. The cowl can be worn in many ways. The pattern is designed for yarn with long, slow color transitions, such as Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi and Knit Picks Chroma Fingering. The subtle color blending is achieved by working alternate rows with two colors. Each edging is worked using only one of the colors. Charts and written instructions are provided and the pattern has been tech edited and test knit. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knitting on a lace edging Knitting in the round Knit 2 together, knit 3 together Provisional cast on Kitchener stitch or 3-needle bind-off Yarn over GAUGE 16 st/25 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in pattern stitch, blocked SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 47.5 inches (121 cm) circumference x 16.5 inches (42 cm) high SUGGESTED YARN 650 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Knit Picks Chroma Fingering COLORWAY MIdwinter and Galapagos

Recommended with this pattern

  • 300-325 yd (274-297 m) each of two colors of fingering/4 ply/super fine yarn
  • US 8 (5 mm): 24 inch (60 cm) circular needle
  • Waste yarn or spare circular needle for provisional cast on

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Carla Pera Designs
Carla Pera Designs
My mom taught me how to knit, sew and crochet when I was a girl. It's all part of who I am. I like to design things that are elegantly simple, not too difficult, but also might teach you something new. Clicking on the www box below will take you to my knitting blog where I always have something to say.