Mary Ann Stephens

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Riverside Cowl PDF

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Riverside Cowl PDF

6.00

Fair Isle knit cowl that’s reversible to a solid-colored lining.

Finished measurements: circumference = 21¼” / 54 cm; height = 6¼”/ 16 cm. Similar to the proportions used for a skier’s neck gaiter: It’s loose enough to around your neck to remain comfortable for activities but it’s narrow enough that it can be pulled up to your nose and will stay in place to cover your face from the cold.

GAUGE: 28 sts and 31 rows = 4” / 10cm in stranded stockinette stitch.

NEEDLES: Three different needle sizes are used: US 2 / 2.75mm for motif section (gauge), US 1½ / 2.50mm for lining and US 0 / 2.00mm for garter stitch trim. (Use whatever size needle you need to get the given gauge on the motif section, then size down comparably for the lining and trim needles.)

YARN: Four 50g balls of light sport weight 100% alpaca yarn were used, in three different colors: Two balls for trim / lining (lavender blue shown), one for the background (navy shown) and one for the motif (off-white shown). The sample used Dale Garn Alpakka, which is no longer available in the US. While the gauge you’re shooting for is 28 sts/inch, choose a soft yarn with a ball band gauge that’s slightly heavier, so that it can be knit slightly tighter than usual, to give you an extra-warm, windproof cowl. For instance, although the sample was knit at 28 sts/inch, the ball band gauge on Alpakka was 25 sts/inch.

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Fair Isle knit cowl that’s reversible to a solid-colored lining.

Finished measurements: circumference = 21¼” / 54 cm; height = 6¼”/ 16 cm. Similar to the proportions used for a skier’s neck gaiter: It’s loose enough to around your neck to remain comfortable for activities but it’s narrow enough that it can be pulled up to your nose and will stay in place to cover your face from the cold.

GAUGE: 28 sts and 31 rows = 4” / 10cm in stranded stockinette stitch.

NEEDLES: Three different needle sizes are used: US 2 / 2.75mm for motif section (gauge), US 1½ / 2.50mm for lining and US 0 / 2.00mm for garter stitch trim. (Use whatever size needle you need to get the given gauge on the motif section, then size down comparably for the lining and trim needles.)

YARN: Four 50g balls of light sport weight 100% alpaca yarn were used, in three different colors: Two balls for trim / lining (lavender blue shown), one for the background (navy shown) and one for the motif (off-white shown). The sample used Dale Garn Alpakka, which is no longer available in the US. While the gauge you’re shooting for is 28 sts/inch, choose a soft yarn with a ball band gauge that’s slightly heavier, so that it can be knit slightly tighter than usual, to give you an extra-warm, windproof cowl. For instance, although the sample was knit at 28 sts/inch, the ball band gauge on Alpakka was 25 sts/inch.

Here are some alternate Riverside Cowl colorways. I put them together shortly after knitting the original. The color numbers refer to shades of Dale Alpakka, the yarn used in the original. Although Alpakka is no longer available in North America, there are countless other soft, sport weight yarns in similar shades which you could substitute.

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