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Tortuous Cowl


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Knitting designs are often given names long after the piece is complete, requiring the use of a working name during the creation process. My working name for this design is "pastry scarf" for the cruller-looking cable and the brioche accent. Brioche is a fancy bread found in french bakeries. Crullers are twisted donut-like pastries that I remember from my childhood on Long Island. A pink bakery box tied with string is a beautiful thing. (Photo credit: Louet North America. Used with permission.) BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Working in the round on circular needles Working Cables Grafting in kitchener stitch GAUGE 22 sts and 28 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Circumference: 60", Width: 51?2" SUGGESTED YARN 875 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Louet Gems Worsted Weight COLORWAY Shown in #57 Crabapple, 5 skeins

Recommended with this pattern

  • US 7/4.5mm circular needle, 16"
  • Crochet hook size F/3.75mm for provisional cast on
  • Scrap yarn for provisional cast on

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Patty's Knits
Patty's Knits
Patty Nance lives on the southern coast of Oregon with her husband, two motorcycles and lots of yarn. When she is not knitting, she teaches classes, designs hand-knits, and publishes patterns. Her book Bargello Knits (Cooperative Press, 2012) introduces her bargello knitting technique with an in-depth tutorial and 28 designs. Her work has appeared in Vogue Knitting Magazine, Noro Knitting Magazine, Knitter’s Magazine, Knit Simple Magazine, Prism Arts, Knit Noro Accessories (Sixth & Spring Books, 2012) and with several yarn companies including Louet North America, Universal Yarn, and Cascade Yarns. Her patterns are available at, Craftsy, and Ravelry (username PattyKnits). For pattern support, e-mail with "Pattern Support" in the subject line.