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Two Color Portugese Cowl


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I belong to a knitting guild (The High Tide Purlers) comprised of dozens of wonderful, talented "knitting sisters." As a gift to them I'll be offering a workshop on Portugese/Peruvian/Andean style knitting, which isn't content with just these three names. It's also known as Bosnian, Greek, Turkish style knitting ... to name a few. This type of knitting is worked on the purl side of a piece, with the yarn wrapped around the neck or through a knitting pin. It's an efficient, easy way to knit and I use it exclusively when I do Fair Isle knitting in the round. The method results in an even stitch tension and the "flows" pretty much strand themselves. I designed my Two Color Portugese Cowl for the class and I'd like to share this free pattern with you. If you prefer to work the cowl on the outside, primarily in the knit stitch, carrying the floats on the back of the work, that's fine! I've included instructions for that too. As with all my designs, Email me at the address listed on the pattern if you have any questions as you work up the cowl. I hope you enjoy this gift. For more information, see: BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cast on, bind off, knit in the round, knit and purl stitch GAUGE 9.5 stitches and 12 rows = 2 inches/5 cm SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Blocked Measurements: Circumference 28 inches/71 cm, Length 6 1/2 inches/16.5 cm SUGGESTED YARN 400 yards of Worsted weight

Recommended with this pattern

  • Tapestry Needle
  • 2 balls Worsted Weight Yarn (two different colors)
  • Stitch markers

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Lenas's Legacy Hand Knits
Lenas's Legacy Hand Knits
Follow my blog at: I am certified as a Level 1 Master Hand Knitter by The Knitting Guild Association. My grandmother Lena taught me to knit when I was 4 years old and told me that a lifetime of knitting pleasure was her legacy to me. I love to design and knit and enter my work in competitions. I've won numerous awards and ribbons over the years and that's a lot of fun, but the greatest pleasure is the actual creative process. I specialize in Beginner and Intermediate level designs that teach new skills and promote excitement for the art that is Knitting. I think new knitters should have the opportunity to work with a well-written design that reinforces their current skills, teaches them new skills and gets a "WOW, you made that?!!?" response when showing off their completed project.