Taking its name from the stinger of a scorpion, the Aculeus Cowl is a celebration of contrasts: it marries an allover scorpion motif with Crafty Jak’s Delicious DK, an aptly named and incredibly plush Bluefaced Leicester. The cowl is knit in the round as a tube then given a half twist and joined at the ends. The result is a cozy double-layered fabric and the snuggliest arachnids you’ll ever encounter. I promise not to let the colorwork be scarier than the scorpions: tips and techniques are included to help take the sting out of Fair Isle knitting.
Crafty Jak’s Boutique Delicious DK, 100% Bluefaced Leicester, 250 yd (229 m) per 115 g, or similar DK weight yarn; one skein in each of two colors.
Sample used approximately 240 yd (219 m) in Sweet Truffle Blush (MC) and 210 yd (192 m) in Rainforest (CC).
US size 6 (4.0 mm) 16” (40 cm) circular needles
Spare set of circular needles for grafting
Removable stitch marker
22 stitches and 23 rounds per 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch
23” (58.5 cm) grafted loop circumference 10” (25.5 cm) wide laid flat
Working in the round, stranded colorwork, provisional cast on, Kitchener stitch, duplicate stitch (optional)