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Exoskeleton Cowl

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Designed in collaboration with Queen City Yarn for Zombie Knitpocalypse 2021!

I love accessories with multiple styling options. Feeling bold? Wear the bright color in the front. Feeling a little more subdued? Wear the neutral color in the front! Find that you’re a little chilly? Pull the cowl up to be a hood. Short row shaping in laceweight mohair juxtaposed within a DK weight stockinette fabric creates a surprisingly intuitive knit, perfect for conversation with friends or sneaking in a few rounds during some downtime.

The texture of the laceweight mohair short rows creates dimensional stripes that remind me of an animal’s exoskeleton. The contrast of color and texture creates bold curved stripes in this cowl. The resulting lightweight yet warm cowl envelops the wearer in a protective knit shell.

I hope you have fun knitting and wearing your EXOSKELETON COWL.

This design uses 2 different yarns from Queen City Yarn: Biddleville DK (100% Superwash Merino, 250 yd / 229 m per 115 g) and Madison Park Mohair (72% Kid Mohair, 28% Silk, 459 yd / 420 m per 50 g)

Small requires 1 skein of DK and 1 skein of mohair.
Medium requires 2 skeins of DK and 1 skein of mohair.

Small sample shown in Sharpies Vs. Fridge (Biddleville DK) with Golden Rule (Madison Park Mohair)

Medium sample shown in Sharpies Vs. Fridge (Biddleville DK) with Raspberry Beret (Madison Park Mohair)

21 stitches & 28 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch in the round with DK weight yarn after blocking

13” (33 cm) tall along stockinette side
Approx. 24” (60 cm) tall along laceweight mohair side.
23” (58 cm) around

14.75” (37 cm) tall along stockinette side
Approx. 27” (69 cm) tall along laceweight mohair side
30.5” (77 cm) around

US 6 (4.0 mm) circular needle, 16” (40 cm) for smaller size, and either 16” (40 cm) or 24” (60 cm) for medium size or size needed to get gauge
3 unique stitch markers
Tapestry needle
Small gram scale (recommended)

Tech editing: Bronwyn Hahn
Yarn Support: Queen City Yarn
Test Knitting: Norah B., Cindy C., Tiffany N., Lindsey P. and Amanda U.
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