Bittersweet

Quick and easy to knit - we did it in seven roughly one-hour sessions as a holiday mystery in 2015 (“Just for You Two”).

Required skills: long-tail cast-on, knitting in the round, knit and purl, slipping stitches, binding off

Finished measurements: 60 cm circumference at top, 106.5 cm circumference at bottom, 34 cm height

Gauge: 14 stitches and 20 rows to 10 cm of lightly blocked stockinette

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.

Contains:

  • Knitting pattern for quick collar-like cowl
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 220-240 m of bulky weight yarn. Sample was knit in Miss Babs K2 (100% merino)
  • 6.5 mm/US 10 circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will need to start with a 60 cm or smaller cable
  • Six stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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