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Frosty Penguin Cowl

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Who can resist these adorable penguin partners? Under snowy skies the penguins look after each other while the icy winter winds rage around them. Featuring cute penguins, hearts and snowflakes, this fun-to-knit design will keep you warm and cosy throughout the winter!

Using DK yarn this cowl works up quickly making it the perfect gift knitting! It is designed using a slightly tighter tension than given on the yarn label to result in a denser, more wind resistant fabric to combat cold winter winds.


Method: This stranded colorwork cowl is knit in the round from the bottom up. It can be worked in two or more contrasting colors and features Latvian braids. A tutorial for Latvian braids is included in the pattern.

It can be knitted on dpns, by magic loop, or on a 15” (40 cm) circular.

Please note the colorwork design in this pattern is charted not written out. You need to be prepared to read and work from charts in order to enjoy knitting this design.

Size: This pattern is written in 3 sizes. All instructions that differ depending on the size you are knitting are indicated with parentheses and color coded like this: S (M, L).

SizeFinished CircumferenceFinished HeightS21.5”55 cm9”23 cmM27.5”70 cm9”23 cmL34”86 cm9”23 cm

To increase the height of the cowl you can knit extra plain rows between motifs or repeat pattern bands as desired. To decrease the height of the cowl you can reduce the plain rows between motifs or omit pattern bands as desired.

Yarn: You can use any DK yarn that you like and with which you can get tension/ gauge.

This is a great pattern to experiment with color and use mini skeins or any leftovers lurking in your stash. Be creative, have fun, but keep in mind changes will affect yardage and number of ends to weave in.

The amounts of each color required will depend on how many colors you pick and where you choose to use them in the cowl. As a guide for the cowl pictured (size S in two colors) I used the following quantities of West Yorkshire Spinners ColourLab DK:

MC – 716 Deep Teal approx. 125 metres (137 yards)

CC – 11 Arctic White approx. 70 metres (77 yards)

Gauge: 6.5 stitches and 7 rows per inch (2.5cm) over colorwork pattern.

Needles: 3.75mm dpns, 15” (40 cm) circular, long circular for magic loop or size needed for gauge

Other Materials Required:

Stitch Markers

Tape Measure

Scissors

Darning needle to sew in ends.

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