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The word “Burren” comes from the Irish word “Boíreann,” meaning a rocky place. The  Burren Cowl gained its name for the rocky, craggy texture of Burren National Park. Uneven and highly textured, but oh, so beautiful.  

The Burren region is known worldwide for its unusual landscape and flora. In the summer months, there’s a wonderful diversity of colorful flowering plants living together within one ecosystem. From arctic-alpine to Mediterranean plants, and even woodland plants growing out in the open with not a tree nearby to provide shade from the sun. It’s unbelievable that they all survive in a land that appears to be composed entirely of rock.

Designed as a palette cleanser when you need something easy and engaging in your hands, this cowl will give you a fun, easy, and wearable project to relax into. Filled with just knits and purls, it’s suitable for a confident beginner but engaging enough for a more advanced one. It’s a quick stash-busting project available in one size. Whether you knit one for yourself or make several to gift, it’s surely a cowl to brighten someone’s day.

US 6 (4.0 mm), 16” (40 cm) circular needle or needles needed to get gauge.

Suggested Yarn: The Fibre Co. Acadia, DK weight, 2 skeins[60% wool, 20% alpaca, 20% silk; 145 yards (133 m)/50 grams] or any DK weight yarn of your choosing.

Sample knit in The Fibre Co. Acadia uses color Thistle, approx. 190 yards (174 m).

Gauge: 19 stitches/30 rounds = 4” (10 cm) square in pattern using US 6 (4.0 mm) needles or whatever size needle gives you the fabric you would like.

Other Notions: Darning needle, stitch markers.

Special Techniques:
Knit & purl, working from charts (written directions included as well), cast on & bind off.

Final Measurements:
22” (56 cm) circumference x 10.5” (26.5 cm) tall

Note: Most skeins of DK are 100 grams versus the 50 grams in Acadia so I designed this cowl with that in mind. If you are using Acadia and only have one skein, I have a variation written that will make it work with just that one lovely skein.
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