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Ziggy Zaggy Lacy Slouchy Hat and Cowl


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Do you have a friend who is more than wonderful? A friend who is, as Gibran wrote, "your needs answered?" I have a friend like that named Marion and although she lives in the Netherlands and I'm in southern California, she is one of my closest friends, someone who has flown halfway across the world to visit me for just a few days, because I was ill and she only had a few days off from work. So for Christmas I decided to design something special for her using the most luxurious yarn I could find. I found that at Great Northern Yarns. It's their 70% mink, 30% cashmere blend. The yarn blooms in your hands and absolutely comes to life when washed. Very light and soft! Like holding a cloud in your hands! So if you can use this yarn for the project, I think you'll be ecstatic with the result, but of course any nice DK/light worsted weight yarn will work. Marion's hat and matching cowl were made with one skein of the yarn. The pattern stitch is very easy, with a 6-stitch repeat. They are both knit in the round and are quick knits. As with all my designs, I'm always available to help and answer questions that may come up as you work. NOTE: I've included a photo of my dear friend Marion and me. Marion's the gorgeous Dutch girl in the white blouse. Sadly, I'm the other one. What can I say? Marion chose her familial genes very well! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cast on, knit, purl, yarn over, k2tog, bind off Knit rounds with circular and double pointed needles GAUGE Hat: In stockinette stitch, 6 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch/2.5 cm. Cowl: In stockinette stitch, 4 sts and 6 rows = 1 inch/2.5 cm SUGGESTED YARN 230 yards of DK weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Great Northern Yarns, 70% mink/30% cashmere, 1.75 ox/50 g, 230 yds/210 m

Recommended with this pattern

  • DK/Light Worsted Weight (8-ply) yarn, 1/75/50 g, 230 yds/310 m
  • Size 5 (UK 9/3.75 mm) 16-inch/41 cm circular needle
  • Size 9 (UK5/5.5mm) 16" (41 cm) circular needle and double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain correct gauge

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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.