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Love Lies Waiting cowl

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As mohair and brushed Suri alpaca yarns have gained popularity, questions remain—mostly, what should we do with them? Holding one of these laceweight yarns double with a more traditional yarn is a popular option, and I wanted to explore it a bit further in this quick cowl design. Love Lies Waiting is worked primarily in a 2-color brioche, but rather than just use different colors, I’ve alternated between working with a single strand of DK weight and holding it double with a laceweight Suri alpaca.
The result is a cowl with not only two distinct colors, but textures as well. It’s topped off with a double layer collar that can be folded over, either side worn facing out—a truly reversible piece and a fun project for those single skeins in your stash.

Sizes: One size, approx. 20”/51 cm around and 10”/25.5 cm deep

Gauge: 20 sts and 48 rnds = 4”/10 cm in 2-color brioche knit in the rnd, blocked
Exact gauge is not essential but differences in gauge will impact the final dimensions of your cowl and the amount of yarn used

Yarn: Little Skein in the Big Wool Merino DK, 100% Superwash Merino wool, 231 yd/4 oz (210 m/100 g): 1 skein in Autumn Light; and
Chelsea Luxe Dream, 74% baby Suri alpaca, 26% silk, 328 yd/2 oz (300 m/50 g): 1 skein in Rose Gold
Or approx 225 yd DK weight yarn (MC) and 200 yd laceweight mohair/silk or Suri alpaca/silk blend (CC)

Suggested needles: US 4/3.5 mm and 5/3.75 mm 16”/40 cm circular needle or DPNs

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