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- Julia Child


Bay Laurel

This cowl/capelet has one of the prettiest stitch patterns I've seen. It's worked like a lace, but the increases, instead of yarnovers, are lifted-type increases, so there is all of the texture but none of the holes, which, when the weather turns brisk, one can do without!

It starts with a picot cast on and is worked in the round,
with the stitch pattern scaling down to taper around the neckline ...

... topped with an eyelet and ribbed edge
through which one may easily thread an optional I-cord drawstring finished with these charming leafy knitted pulls ...

... versatile - wear snug or slouchy, down around the neck or up over the shoulders.

Finished sizes: 11" depth by 42 (451/2, 49, 521/2)" bottom circumference. Shown in smallest size.

Needles and notions: Size 8 US / 5 mm circular needles, size 3 / 3.25 mm double-pointed needles for trim, stitch marker.

Gauge: 14-15 stitches = 31/2" and 24 rounds = 31/4" in pattern stitch using larger needle.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5 ply (137 yd / 125 m per 50g skein in Eden (100% merino), Nirvana (92% merino 8% cashmere), Angelic (75% merino 25% angora) or Brigadoon (100% merino tweed): 3 (3, 4, 4) skeins.

Skills used: Knitted cast on, lifted increases, I-cord (all explained in Glossary)


Available as a pattern download for $6.50, or as a kit

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