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Light Reel Cowl

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The light reel is the first dance learned after the dancer is, more or less, familiar with their 3s and 7s (3s and 7s are the Irish dancing equivalent to knits and purls for knitters). The light reel is danced in softshoes, aka ghillies (gill-eez). The time signature is 4/4, and that is the same as the st to row ratio of the rope cables used in this piece. The chart is worked 7 times around in honor of the 7s that move the dancer from side to side on the stage or studio floor.

The Light Reel Cowl is knit in the round and I have included both written and charted instructions.

Measurements: 8"/20cm high & 25 ½”/ 65cm circumference

Gauge: In Moss* stitch, 28 sts & 32 rnds = 4"/10cm
*Moss stitch over an even number of sts in the rnd:
Rnd 1: (K1, P1); rep to end of section
Rnd 2: (K1, P1); rep to end of section
Rnd 3: (P1, K1); rep to end of section
Rnd 4: (P1, K1); rep to end of section

  • 240 yds/219 m of worsted weight yarn (Sample shown was knit in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (100% wool; 110 yds/101 m = 50g) in “currant”)
  • size 4.5mm/US 7 24”/60cm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • st marker(s) (1 is needed for the beginning of the round; 6 more if you want to mark each chart repeat)
  • cable needle
  • tapestry needle

Update: A new Low Vision pdf has been added to this pattern’s file. Changes in the new pdf include: 22pt font instead of 12pt, photo(s) captioned, and use of bold type and parentheses in place of italics. The low vision file for this pattern is 95KB.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (186KB)
  • PDF (95KB)

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