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Ninety Degrees

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Speckles and solids and colourwork combine in this deep, generous cowl. Corrugated ribbing flows into a geometric colourwork pattern with shifting foreground and background, flowing back into corrugated ribbing. The size provides warming coverage, while shaping ensures that your cowl will sit nicely around your neck. Pattern is charted only. To make Ninety Degrees, you will need to know how to knit, purl, work in the round, do stranded colourwork, and read charts.

Size
25.5 in/65 cm top circumference, 30 in/76 cm bottom circumference, 16 in/40.5 cm deep

Yarn
Backyard Fiberworks Meadow Light (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 435 yds/398 m per 3.53 oz/100 g); Marmalade: 1 skein, Stormcloud: 1 skein

Needles
US 2.5/3.0 mm 24 in/60 cm circular, or size needed to get gauge
US2/2.75. mm 24 in/60 cm circular, or one size smaller than gauge needle

Gauge
32.5 sts & 36 rows = 4 in/10 cm in stranded colourwork pattern in the round on larger needles, blocked
Exact gauge is not essential, though differences in gauge will affect the size and amount of yarn required.

Notions
2 stitch markers: 1 each for end and middle of round; yarn needle

About the yarn
Backyard Fiberworks Meadow Light is a 4-ply, worsted-spun, fingering weight, merino/cashmere/nylon blend. The 4-ply structure makes for a round yarn and helps to guard somewhat against pilling, as does the worsted style of spinning. The cashmere gives the fabric a bit of halo and the nylon adds strength to the delicate fibres. The halo is helpful in stranded colourwork, smudging the edges ever so slightly to make the diagonal lines appear more solid. Ninety Degrees was designed to work with hand-dyed semisolid and speckled colourways; you could try a lightly variegated, semisolid, or gradient colourway as yarn B for a different effect. This project would work in a variety of yarns, so if you’re substituting for the recommended yarn, look for a fingering weight that gives a fairly firm fabric at the pattern’s gauge. You will need approximately 345 yds/316 m of yarn A (the semisolid) and 300 yds/274 m of yarn B (the speckled yarn).

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