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Chateau de Versailles Cowl

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When I saw the deceptively simple tilework in a courtyard at the the Palace of Versailles, I knew I had to knit it. It makes for lovely, easy-to-knit, but striking colorwork. A small band of garter stitch at the beginning and end of the piece prevents curling. I can never get garter stitch to behave well in the round (and who wants ALL of that purling?) So, the garter stitch is worked back-and-forth. The seams are only one inch long on each end of the cowl, so they're not too terrible. The rest of the piece is knit entirely in the round. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit work colorwork from a chart knit in the round GAUGE 32 sts and 34 rows per 4" in stockinette SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 24" around by 8" tall SUGGESTED YARN 850 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Dream in Color Starry and Smooshy with Cashmere COLORWAY Cocoa Kiss and Happy Forest

Recommended with this pattern

  • 1 skein Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere - 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, 10% Cashmere, ~400 yards per 4oz skein - shown in Happy Forest
  • 1 skein Dream in Color Starry - 98% Superwash Merino, 2% Lurex, ~450 yards per 4oz skein - shown in Cocoa Kiss
  • US size 3 (3.25mm) 16" circular needle, or size needed to produce gauge. DPNs or 2 circulars may work as well.

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Lara Neel Designs
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