Jill Draper Makes Stuff Ansel (100% superfine Merino wool; 440 yds/402 m per 4 oz/113 g): 1 skein A (shown in Natural 3), 1 skein B (shown in Sapphire 1)
US 8/5 mm: 14 in/35 cm straight needles or 20 in/50 cm or longer circular (or size needed for correct gauge)
15 sts & 23 rows = 4 in/10 cm in stockinette stitch with both yarns held together, worked flat and blocked Exact gauge is not essential, but differences in gauge will affect size and yarn requirements.
Yarn needle, 3 stitch markers
About the yarn
Jill Draper Makes Stuff Ansel is a soft, slightly nubby, 2-ply yarn made from superfine 18.5 micron Merino wool grown in the western United States and spun in New England. The yarn’s woolen-spun structure and the high crimp of the wool make Ansel a springy, cushy yarn with a lot of yardage for its weight. Though the yarn is fingering weight, Ansel can be knit at a variety of gauges, an important trait in a project like this where it’s used both single- and double-stranded on the same needle. This yarn comes in four natural shades ranging from off-white through light and medium warm grey to deep chocolate brown. Jill also dyes the lighter three shades in a range of colours, which can be used for more subtle combinations for your cowl: choose the lightest and darkest of one colour, or the same base shade in two related colours.
If substituting yarns for this project, look for yarns that give you a fabric you like at the pattern’s gauge: the sample has some body so it stands up a bit around the neck, but with enough drape to form nice folds. A lot of fingering weight yarns will give you a limp, unstructured fabric at this gauge, so consider experimenting with sport weight yarns, as well. You will need approximately 315 yds/288 m of A and 360 yds/329 m of B.
Photos © Gale Zucker.