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Pandiculation Cowl

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pandiculation (n) - the act of stretching oneself, especially on waking.

When the first brisk air of fall hits after a long, lazy summer, I often feel like I am waking up again. Contrary to all the old stories, for me, fall is a season of new ideas and creative exploration. Working on new knits in fall is a way to stretch my brain a little after its summer vacation.

This cowl is a nod to fall mornings at the Ventura river mouth where, at low tide, you can see rivulets of water streaming between thousands of mossy boulders. It features undulating columns of eyelets and bobbles broken up by 1x1 twisted rib. This texture looks complicated, but like many of my stitch patterns, it’s really just a 10-round repeat that’s been flipped on itself to create the full 20 rounds. Once you settle into the rhythm of it, this cowl will flow like water in a delta.

**SIZES**
One size; 13” (33 cm) wide by 9.5” (24 cm) tall, measured flat.

**MATERIALS**
DK-weight yarn, 375 yd (343 m)

Sample shown knit in Julie Asselin Leizu DK, 90% SW Merino, 10% Silk, 4oz (115g) / 260yds (238 m)

**GAUGE**
4” (10 cm) square = 30 stitches x 28 rows in pattern

**NEEDLES**
One 24” (61 cm) circular needle in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle sizes: US 6 (4.0 mm)

**TOOLS**
One stitch marker; optional markers between pattern repeats
One crochet hook .75 mm smaller than the needle size used to achieve gauge; suggested hook size US D (3.25 mm)
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

**SKILL LEVEL**
Intermediate
Requires decreases, bobbles, and knitting in the round
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