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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Him or Her Cowls

Sally designed these great cowls for the Rose City Yarn Crawl.  Now that the crawl has come to a close, we wanted to share.  If you choose to make one, please share your results with us on the pattern's Ravelry page.  The words below are Sally's, to give credit where it is due.

Each of these cowl designs is knit using one skein of Cascade Eco Cloud.  You will be quite smitten with this Aran weight alpaca/merino blend and it's lovely effect with textured stitch patterns.

Just a few thoughts about the pattern:  The “Him” cowl is knit using a darker, natural shade with a knot stitch that is decidedly masculine and is fitted, more like a gator.  You might want to call this a gator if you are gifting it to your favorite “Him”.  I contend that men will be embracing cowls into their wardrobes more and more, following the female lead on this fashion statement trend; perhaps to be safe call it a gator upon presentation if need be!

The “Her” cowl is done using an ecru shade of the Eco Cloud Yarn in a classic herringbone pattern.  This could  be a “Him” cowl, but the cast on side develops into a lovely scalloped edge that might not appeal to the masculine cowl wearer. 
You decide...

-One skein Cascade Eco Cloud (two skeins for larger cowl) for Him or Her cowl.
-US 10, 24” circular needle
-stitch marker
-tapestry needle

4 - 4.5 stitches per inch in either knot stitch (him), or herringbone stitch (her)

Approx finished size:
18” around, 10 in height.  The two skein version is 36” around, 10” in height.

This pattern is now available as part of the Rose City Yarn Crawl ebook.  Check it out on Ravelry!

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