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Crossing into Canada Cowl Hood Knitted Pattern

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    • Charted
    • US Imperial & Metric
    • For Beginners and Up

    Pattern paper format: only US letter


    This project can be made using traditional colorwork technique used by the Coast Salish knitters or with any technique for stranded knitting that you already know. I’ve used two different techniques on the cowl.

    A couple of years ago, I took a colorwork knitting class with Canadian designer Sylvia Olsen, author of Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns and Working with Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater. In the class, I learned that the style of knitting used to make Cowichan sweaters – including the colorwork technique that has no floats – is the only 100% North American knitting tradition. I designed this cowl because I had so much fun in the class, I wanted to keep knitting with the two-color technique that we learned.

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    Materials you need at home:

    • Yarn: Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky | Bulky (7 wpi)
    • Yardage: 324 yards (296 m)
    • Gauge: 13 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches in St st in the round
    • Needle: US 10½ - 6.5 mm | US 11 - 8.0 mm
    • Sizes Length: 17” (43cm) Circumference: 30” (76cm