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Jane Thornley describes the inspiration for her versatile pattern Once
Upon a Cowl...."One of the many wonderfully liberating aspects of short
rows is that they can take you in unexpected directions, allowing you to shape,
curve, and stream color at will, at any point in your project. Now that Iíve
thoroughly embedded short rows into my knitting vocabulary, I just canít seem to
design without them.
Hereís a cowl thatís long enough to form a hooded capelet that
incorporates free-range short rows to curve color elements around the
circumference. Knit on circular needles but not joined initially, it begins as a
wrap similar to the Color Streams Wrap pattern, a design Iíve made and taught
many times. When I began envisioning this as a cowl fashioned around a different
construction method, interesting variations took shape. Small organic island
shapes worked in intarsia punctuate the design with color interest with long
streams of open work and garter stitch enhancing movement around the design."
Yarn: 350-600 of any weight yarn
Needles: as needed
Gauge: designed for any gauge