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Leap Year

by Laura Aylor
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  • Knitting pattern for fun, variegated yarn-friendly cowl
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Pattern measurements: only inches
Pattern paper format: only US letter


Designed especially for those crazy variegated skeins that we all love and buy and then don’t know what to do with! The stitch pattern consists of floats on the right side that highlight the color shifts. The wrong side is also attractive – always a good quality in a double-wrapped cowl.

For results similar to the sample shown, short runs of color are best. Long color runs or a solid will give a different appearance.

This is an easy pattern to modify for a different size or different gauge.

Finished measurements: 134.5 cm in circumference and 21.5 cm tall, easily modified

Gauge: 13 stitches and 20 rounds to 10 cm of stockinette stitch; 12 stitches and 36 rounds to 10 cm of Vandyke Swag stitch

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

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Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 315 m of bulky weight yarn. Sample was knit in Miss Babs K2 and Malabrigo Chunky (both 100% merino). You will need approximately 220 m of the variegated colorway (K2) and 95 m of the solid (Malabrigo)
  • 6.5 mm/US 10 circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge (an 80 cm cable works well)
  • Needle one size larger for binding off
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends