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Seeking Balance

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This rhythmic gender-inclusive cowl design is the perfect complement to any cool-weather wardrobe. This cozy piece is a perfectly fashionable accessory for a hike or a pop of texture for any look. Knit in a squishy heavy worsted weight wool, this pattern uses knit and purl stitches with simple increases and decreases to create a truly symmetrical finished object. Because it is entirely reversible (both top and bottom, and inside and out), it also makes a great gift, since there’s no need to tell the recipient the ‘right’ way to wear it.

This design reflects feelings I’ve been having lately: the search for balanced rhythms amidst the ups and downs of life. The 4 sections find balance amongst themselves: 2 sections have increasing or decreasing stitch counts while the sections between them remain constant. If you’re SEEKING BALANCE like me, I hope this cowl pattern does the trick for you to find the calm you need.

2 skeins of Knit Picks Twill, 100% Superwash Merino
149 yd /136 m per 100 g, or 165-175 g of similar heavy worsted / aran weight yarn
Sample shown in colorway Twister, 241 yd / 221 m (162 g)

20 stitches & 27 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in K3, P3 rib after blocking
US 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 16” (40 cm), or size needed to get gauge

22” around x 13” tall (56 cm around x 33 cm tall)

4 stitch markers, 1 unique for beginning of round
Tapestry needle
Tubular cast-on with waste yarn will also require a small amount of waste yarn and crochet hook

NOTE: The pattern repeat is written in a table format.

Tech editing: Bronwyn Hahn
Test knitting: Cathy A. Jenny B., Cindy C., Lauren C., Ryan C., Erin L., Tina P., Nicci S., Kortney T., and Cera W.

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