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Tuscany Lace Cowl Knitting Pattern

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While I love to travel to see new people and new places, I think I really love to see new beads and new yarn. How many times have I dragged my whole family off the beaten path and down some rabbit hole in search of a shell shack that (I heard, or at least I read online) sells hand carved shell beads? Just to find that the townspeople have never heard of such a shell shack?! More than I care to admit.

But usually finding some new art supplies is much easier than that. Thanks to Google and Yelp I can find a yarn shop anywhere. When visiting the fam in central Wisconsin, I always drag my mom to the yarn shop in Verona: The Sow’s Ear. This shop is a delightful little place with a well-curated collection of main line lux yarns as well as indigenous, home-grown Wisconsin yarn, too. (Wisconsin is such a proud, quirky state. Whenever I see a selection of Wisconsin’s farm-raised finest, I think of the Beer Pride T-shirt my friend Trent bought: “Drink Wisconsinbly.” Makes me laugh every time.)

But back to The Sow’s Ear. This place as a yarn shop is perfect, but making it even better is the coffee shop plunked right in the middle of the place. Glory! When I first visited I asked with a wince, “Now, can I bring my coffee around yarn shopping?” Yes, I could, and she didn’t make me feel silly for asking. Yarn + Coffee, now that’s a sexy-hot couple. And ambiance is important to me, so the smells and coziness of a coffee shop make the yarn shopping at The Sow’s Ear a really fabulous experience.

The last time I shopped at The Sow’s Ear I picked a pretty skein of tonal Misti Alpaca. It was just too soft and citron to pass up. But after years of scouring and supporting LYSs all over, I have brought home a lot of lux fiber foundlings like this one and I never know what to do with them! So I designed a simple lace cowl pattern that would work with every 100 g. skein I’ve ever taken in.

Enjoy this free pattern and support your local yarn shop (or somebody else’s)!

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Tuscany Lace Cowl

Yarn: Misti Alpaca (50% baby alpaca, 50% merino; 218 yards [200 meters] / 100 grams): # TW42, 1 skein

Needles: size 8 US circular needles
Gauge: 12 sts = 4” (in St st.)
Size: one size fits all.
Finished dimensions: 56” long around, 6” wide

Lace Pattern (over 14 sts.)
Row 1: knit
Row 2: k3, * yo, k1, (sl1, k2tog, psso), k1, yo, k3, yo, (sl1, k2tog, psso), yo. Repeat from *.
Row 3: knit
Row 4: k4, * yo, (sl1, k2tog, psso), yo. Repeat from *.

Directions:

CO 168

Join to knit in round.

Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: knit

Rows 4-44: Knit Lace Pattern (pattern above) ten times.

Row 45: knit
Row 46: purl
Row 47: knit

BO. Weave in ends. Block.

I like this pattern because it’s perfect project to use that luscious skein of yarn that you picked up at the yarn shop. 100 grams, easy, but also a flexible enough pattern so you can change up the number of rows according to your own tension.

Lately I’ve been using a new (new to me!) bind technique off that allows a little more “give” in the BO edge, to match a looser CO edge. It’s simple: First k1 and place stitch back on left needle. Then *k2tog through the back loop and place stitch back on left needle. Repeat from * until there are no stitches remaining. Nice bind off for your knitting bag of tricks!

Anne Potter 2015. Pattern is intended for personal use only.

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