This design was actually inspired by a ball of Noro that I had tucked away in my stash. I’m not generally one to use a lot of color in my knitting, but mitered squares always look so fun when worked in striped or variegated yarns. I wanted this cowl to be something lush and thick around your neck on the coldest of winter days. Wear the cowl wrapped twice around your neck to keep out any chill. Or wear it loose as a casual add on to any outfit. I loved the portability of this pattern – work on a square here and there, and before you know it, you have a finished project that’s ready to wear.
Finished Size Finished Cowl as shown measures 11” in width and 58” in circumference.
Yarn Knit Picks Chroma Worsted, 70% Wool, 30% Nylon; 198yds/100g, Sandstone (A), 3 skeins, Natural (B), 2 skeins.
Yarn Lion Brand Yarns Amazing, 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic; 147yds/50g: Glacier Bay (A), 4 skeins. Lion Brand Yarns Vanna’s Choice, 100% Premium Acrylic; 170yds/100g: White (B), 2 skeins.
Needles Size 8 (5 mm): 24″ circular (cir); Size 8 (5 mm): straight. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle.
Gauge 17 sts and 34 rows = 4.25″ (10 cm) in Gt st on Size 8 needles – this is the size of one mitered square.
Notes: Tie scrap yarn to each RS of your mitered squares to make sure that you are picking up stitches and working decreases on the correct side. If you’re comfortable with the concept, it may be helpful to weave in your ends as you go.
The cowl is composed of 5 pieces that are created by working 4 mitered squares, which are built off of each other. Then, each piece has a border worked along one edge. All the pieces are then seamed and a band is worked in the round along each outer edge. If you want a longer or shorter cowl, simply work more or fewer pieces of the mitered squares.
The Designer: For a couple of years now I have been very fortunate to start having some of my designs published in other publications, but Holla Knits gave me my first start, and designing with Allyson is always a pleasure! Check out all of my knitting adventures on my blog at http://kleverknits.com I always try to post some project pics, and talk about what I’m working on next. For questions about this pattern please contact Kirsten Singer at firstname.lastname@example.org