Sometimes, the most eye-catching results come from the simplest stitches. That’s the case with Concentra, a cowl based entirely on garter, stockinette, ribbing, and a few simple four-stitch repeats. Alternating bands of colorwork and mesh leave plenty of room to play with color. The contrasting sections have an almost three-dimensional effect. And thanks to the “traveling stripes” method of in-the-round color management, the transitions between colors are nearly invisible. Choose two yarns or an entire rainbow and let the stitches work their magic!
Concentra is worked in the round from the bottom up. Decrease rounds throughout ensure the cowl lays nicely and can even be tugged down over your shoulders if needed. The pattern includes a note about increasing length as well as a link to a free planning worksheet to help you create your version.
Curious about the name? Concentric shapes are those that share a central point, like ripples traveling outward from a stone dropped in a pond. Ever since high school geometry, I’ve found them somehow satisfying, the embodiment of order and balance. From the first round of Concentra’s colorwork, the name set up shop in my head and stuck.
Due to the way the stitches and stripes work in the round, instructions are written only. Concentra has been tech edited and test knit, so you can cast on with confidence.SIZE
Top Circumference: 26.5” / 67.5 cm
Bottom Circumference: 47” / 119.5 cm
Height: 19.5” / 49.5 cm
Measurements taken after firm blocking.YARN
MC: approximately 278 yd / 255 m of fingering weight yarn
CC: approximately 228 yd / 209 m of fingering weight yarn
Pattern includes a link to a free planning worksheet if you’d like to use more than two colors of yarn.
Shown in Hypnotic Yarn Cloud MCN (80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 435 yd / 398 m per 100 g / 3.53 oz skein) in In the Dark (MC) and Sweet Dreams (CC).NEEDLES
US 4 / 3.5 mm 16” / 40 cm or 24” / 60 cm circular needles for working in the round, or size needed to obtain gaugeNOTIONS
1 stitch marker, tapestry needleGAUGE
20 stitches and 26 rounds = 4” / 10 cm in Mesh after firm blocking. Gauge is not crucial but will affect yardage used and final dimensions.TECHNIQUES
Single and double decreases, yarn overs, several simple specialty stitches, and knitting in the round. Pattern includes links to more information about required stitches and techniques.Here’s how testers described knitting Concentra:
engaging, quick, a good introduction to colorwork, rhythmic, addictive, fun, unique, versatile, engrossing, gratifying, easy to follow, far less complicated than it looks, and an awesome gift knit.
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