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Windowpane Cowl

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Take a long, gradual color-shifting sock yarn, stand it on its head in columns, add some texture and a twist… Voila! An intriguing pop of color that’s as fun to wear as it is to knit.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Required Skills: Knit & purl texture stitches, provisional cast on, graft in kitchener stitch, intarsia skills are helpful and can be learned with this project
One Size
Finished Measurements: 9” width, 30” circumference after blocking and grafting
Gauge: 25 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10cm in pattern stitch after blocking. Gauge is not critical in this pattern, but a different gauge will affect yardage and size of finished garment. It may be necessary to unravel gauge swatch and re-use the yarn. Take time to check gauge.
  • Yarn: Sock weight gradient yarn; 420 yards (MC), 120 yards (CC). Model shown in Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball (75% wool, 25% nylon; 459 yd/100g): 1 ball #2085 (MC) and Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock (80% merino, 20% nylon; 425 yd/115g): 1 hank English Ivy (CC)
  • Needles: US 5/3.75mm straight needles, or size needed to obtain gauge, 2 circular needles one size smaller than project needle, 16” and 20” for grafting
  • Scrap yarn for provisional cast on
  • Yarn needle
  • Ball winder and yarn scale
  • 6 resealable sandwich baggies
  • Crochet hook F/3.75mm
Notes: Project begins a yarn preparation step of dividing MC (gradient yarn) into 6 individual balls of equal weight. Cowl is worked flat in 6 columns of intarsia (segments) with a garter stitch band between pattern stitch repeats. The piece is seamed to form a tube, then the ends are grafted to form the cowl.
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