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Ashmore Cowl

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This tubular cowl features delicate colourwork inspired by the concentric pressed flower art by Jennie Ashmore. The colourwork pattern is similar, although not identical to, that found on the Ashmore sweater design. This design is part of my Organic Collection, a series of designs that are inspired by shapes found in the natural world and by artists who explore and celebrate nature in their own work.

The cowl is worked in the round to form a long, straight tube. A provisional cast on is used to start with so that once the cowl is complete, the ends can be grafted together using kitchener stitch for a neat and seamless finish. A stranded colourwork pattern is repeated six times along the length of the tube.

The sample has been worked to standard size, without any modifications to the pattern.

The Ashmore Cowl pattern is written for one standard size.
Cowl Length / Circumference Around Neck: 28.25” / 70.5cm.
Cowl Height: 9.75” / 24.5cm.

Using 2.5mm / US size 1.5 needles, or needle size required to meet gauge, 32 stitches over 40 rounds in stranded colourwork pattern, blocked, creates a 4x4”/10x10cm square.

The sample has been worked using Botanical Yarn’s 75% Superwash Merino / 25% Nylon fingering-weight base (425m / 465yds per 100g) with colourway Cotelydon Undulata as the main colour and the Amethyst fade as the contrast colours. The Amethyst fade consists of 10 colours.
The cowl can also be worked using one main colour and one contrast colour.

YARDAGE (includes ~10% excess)
Main Colour: 528 metres / 578 yards / 124 grams.

Contrast Colour:
EITHER: a fade of 10 mini skeins: 85 metres / 93 yards / 20 grams each.
OR: one contrast colour: 379 metres / 415 yards / 89 grams.

2x 2.5mm / US size 1.5 needles (or smaller needle size can be substituted for the second set)
1 marker
3mm / size D / 3 crochet hook
scrap yarn
tapestry needle to weave in ends

-Provisional cast on
-Working in the round
-Reading stranded colourwork charts
-Working stranded colourwork with two colours
-Grafting stitches with kitchener stitch
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