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Whetū Cowl

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This pattern is part of the Mid-Winter Knits collection, made in collaboration with Anushka of The Crimson Stitchery.

BUNDLE PROMO: Purchase the Whetū Cowl + Whetū Hat together for just $12. Use the code WHETUBUNDLE at checkout and have both patterns in your cart.

When I think of the word winter, the Māori New Year Matariki immediately comes to mind. Winter in the Southern Hemisphere runs during the Northern’s Summer months - June to August. Matariki refers to the cluster of stars (The Pleiades) that become visible during this time of year, heralding the New Year and giving a prediction of what the next 12 months will bring in terms of crops, weather and growth.

My contribution to the Winter Knits collection references back to this winter celebration - people gather together for feasts, songs and making their wishes and goals. The Whetū Hat (whetū meaning star) features a lace star stitch motif in a fuzzy mohair yarn, on a backdrop of the night sky, twinkling with stars (the wool and mohair held together).

The combination of the wool and mohair makes for a truly warm and cozy winter hat and even in the lace sections with the mohair held double is enough to keep the chill out!

YARN
Farmers Daughters Fibers Pishkun DK (100 % Wool - Rambouillet; 100 g ; 255 yds./233 m). 1 skein in I’ve Got Dreams to Remember
Ito Yarn Sensai (60% Mohair, 40% Silk; 20 g; 262 yds/240 m.). 3 balls in 339 Lilac.
Rambouillet and 1 strand of Mohair is held together for the body.
2 strands of Mohair is held double for the lace sections.

NEEDLES
US size 6 (4mm) and US size 7 (4.5mm), 24” (60cm) circular needle.

GAUGE
21 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10cm in St. st.

NOTIONS
Stitch marker
Darning/tapestry needle

MEASUREMENTS
Circumference around neck: 18 in./45 cm Length: 16in./40.5 cm
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