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St. George's Cowl Knitting Pattern

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A long time ago, a ferocious dragon had frightened the inhabitants of a Catalan village. The inhabitants decided to calm him by feeding him one randomly selected person each day. After several days, the princess was the unlucky one. Saint George appeared to rescue her, raising his sword and stabbing the dragon. From the dragon's blood a rose bush grew with the reddest roses that had ever been seen. Saint George picked a rose and offered it to the princess.

Every myth needs a love story, and so, after St. George killed the dragon and saved the princess, that blood rose became a romantic gesture. As such, every 23rd April, the supposed anniversary of Saint Georges’ martyrdom, it's become tradition for the whole of Catalonia to fill with stands selling roses which people buy to offer to their partners as a symbol of their love.

The colors of this cowl tries to reflect the transition from the green dragon to the rose-blush and red roses, with the brioche pattern simulating rose blossoms.

This one-size piece is first worked top down in the round and then flat, in 1 and 2 color brioche stitch.

Worked with fingering yarn (approximately 450 yds in total) and US 4 (3.25 mm) needles, this is the perfect week-long project to start learning different brioche techniques (1 and 2 colors, in the round and flat, increases and decreases).

Specs

Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Fino (70% extrafine merino wool, 30% silk), 450 yds [490 m]/ 100 g], 407 Velvet (CC1), 1 mini-skein (20g).

Manos del Uruguay Fino (70% extrafine merino wool, 30% silk), 450 yds [490 m]/ 100 g]: 425 Chemise (CC2), 1 mini-skein (20g).

Manos del Uruguay Fino (70% extrafine merino wool, 30% silk), 450 yds [490 m]/ 100 g]: 421 Fascinator (CC3), ½ skein (50 g) 

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) needles 16” circular, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 24 sts and 27 rows = 4” [10 cm] in plain brioche stitch after blocking.
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