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Stratosphere Cowl


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The diagonal lines of this tubular cowl bring to mind Portland's driving rain. Rise above the clouds with this simple to knit and easy to wear cowl offered in two lengths and two weights of yarn. YARN For single loop (double loop): Lace: 330 (800) yards / 300 (700) meters OR Fingering: 385 (965) yards / 350 (880) meters Double loop lace-weight version shown in Madelinetosh Prairie, colorway Nebula. Single loop fingering-weight version shown in Twine. Soft Single, colorway Blue Like This. NEEDLES 16"/40 cm circular in the following size: Lace: US #3/3.25mm OR Fingering: US #4/3.5mm OR Size you need to get gauge NOTIONS Stitch marker, tapestry needle GAUGE After blocking: Lace: 32 sts = 4"/10 cm in stockinette stitch OR Fingering: 24 sts = 4"/10 cm in stockinette stitch Gauge is not crucial for this pattern but it will affect finished measurements and yarn usage. FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Approximate, after blocking Width: 7"/18 cm Circumference for single loop double loop: 22" 54" / 56cm 137cm SKILL LEVEL Advanced beginner (knitting in the round, basic lace, seaming) CONSTRUCTION This cowl is worked in the round to create a long tube of knitted fabric. The ends of the tube are ultimately sewn together to create the circle you actually put your head through. This means there is no wrong side. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit increase decrease GAUGE 24 sts = 4" in stockinette st SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Approx. 22" around by 7" tall. SUGGESTED YARN 385 yards of Fingering weight

Supplies Needed

  • Size US 4 needle for knitting in the round (16" is recommended)
  • Stitch Marker

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Katherine Leek knitting patterns
Katherine Leek knitting patterns
You can call me Kat. I lived and worked around the country, until happily settling in Portland, OR in 2009. My love of knitting blossomed back in 1998, adding to an ever-growing list of creative pursuits. A studio art major in college, I focused on print making, and my perpetual artistic mantra has been: beauty is found in simplicity. Today I use my art training to dream up new patterns with rich texture and visual impact. I am also the manager at Twisted, the friendliest, most well-stocked LYS in Portland, Oregon. My designs have been published in Twist Collective, the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project, the Rose City Yarn Crawl Pattern Collection, the Twisted Yarn Shop pattern line, and in collaboration with Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Knitted Wit, and Hazel Knits. When not at the needles, I spend my time gardening, skiing, rock climbing, surfing and mountain biking. I’m also an avid traveler who loves roaming near and far with my dog and my sweetie. (Yup, I changed my last name in 2013 when I got hitched! Previously my patterns were published under the name Kat/Katherine Buckspan.)