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Accidental Island

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West Seattle is its own, lovely village-within-a-city; it’s a place where people know one another, know the shopkeepers, and even know several generations within families. In 2020, the West Seattle Bridge was shut down as unsafe, and so, with the Puget Sound on one side, and the Duwamish River on the other, some residents of West Seattle started calling the area “The Accidental Island.” (We don’t actually have to take a boat to get here…there are still roads!) The colorwork of this cozy cowl is inspired by the span of the West Seattle Bridge, a hopeful meditation on our neighborhood, and the repairs that will bring us that much closer to our fellow Seattlites.

As of September, 2022, the bridge is reopened! Accidental Island is now a little bit of memory and history, and a celebration of our reconnection to the rest of the city.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Size: One size (height: 11.5”/29 cm; circumference: 29.25”/74 cm)

Yarn: Plymouth Galway Sport; 100% Highland Wool; 151 yards (105 m)/50 g in six colors. Pattern shown in Sand Heather (A), Concord Grape (B), Tulipwood Heather (C), Cabernet (D), Lichen Heather (E), Navy (F).

Needle: 24” circular needles; US 4/3.5 mm and US 5/3.75 mm or whatever size you need to achieve gauge.

Gauge: on larger needles, 23 stitches and 25 rounds per 4 inches/10 cm in colorwork, after blocking

Notions: Stitch markers (1 for beginning of round, plus 5 optional for marking pattern repeats); darning needle
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