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Cozy Up to Cowls

About Cascade’s Eco and Duo Yarns

Founded in 1987, Cascade Yarns remains a family business. The mission is simple: provide highquality yarns at a reasonable price. Cascade’s Cloud and Highland and Eco Duo yarns meet this mission. These yarns combine the softness of baby alpaca with the body and bounce of merino wool. Countless knitters enjoy using these yarns and so will you. Learn more and find retailers by visiting www.cascadeyarns.com.

Cowls are a special kind of knit: luxurious and warm, but also quick and affordable. 60 Quick Cowls, the latest in the bestselling 60 Quick Knits series, is the ultimate collection of this classic but modern accessory. From cables to colorwork, short and snug or long and loopy, these designs include ideal gifts for everyone and special styles to knit for yourself. All designed in Cascade’s super-soft Cloud and Duo merino/alpaca blends, these fun and fashionable creations are a dream to make and to wear.

60 Quick Cowls

CRAFTS • KNITTING

60 Quick ✽

Cowls LUXURIOUS PROJECTS TO KNIT IN CLOUD AND DUO YARNS FROM CASCADE YARNS® TM

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60 Quick ✽

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LUXURIOUS PROJECTS TO KNIT IN CLOUD AND DUO YARNS FROM CASCADE YARNS® TM

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What’s the perfect project to knit if you need something quick but special? A cowl, of course! This book contains 60 unique cowls made in Cascade’s luscious Cloud and Duo merino/alpaca blends. Designs for every style and skill level include: • Geometric, slip-stitch, and other colorwork creations • Cables, lace, and textured stitch patterns • A range of sizes, from long to close-fitting

ISBN: 978-1-936096-93-0 $17.95 US • $20.95 CANADA

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Whether it’s a gift or a simple, satisfying project for yourself, each of these cowls is a knitter’s delight.


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60 Quick ✽

Cowls LUXURIOUS PROJECTS TO KNIT IN CLOUD AND DUO YARNS FROM CASCADE YARNS TM

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✽ THE EDITORS OF SIXTH&SPRING BOOKS

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161 Avenue of the Americas, NEW YORK, NY 10013 sixthandspringbooks.com Managing Editor LAURA COOKE Senior Editor LISA SILVERMAN Yarn Editor VANESSA PUTT Editorial Assistant SARAH THIENEMAN Supervising Patterns Editor CARLA SCOTT

Patterns Editors RENEE LORION LORI STEINBERG Photography JACK DEUTSCH Stylists JOANNA RADOW KATHERINE VILLALON Hair and Makeup ELENA LYAKIR

Vice President TRISHA MALCOLM Publisher CAROLINE KILMER Creative Director JOE VIOR Production Manager DAVID JOINNIDES President ART JOINNIDES Chairman JAY STEIN

Copyright © 2015 by Sixth&Spring Books/Cascade Yarns All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means—graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information storage-and-retrieval systems—without written permission of the publisher. The written instructions, photographs, designs, projects, and patterns are intended for the personal, noncommercial use of the retail purchaser and are under federal copyright laws; they are not to be reproduced in any form for commercial use. Permission is granted to photocopy patterns for the personal use of the retail purchaser. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data 60 quick cowls : luxurious projects to knit in cloud and duo yarns from cascade yarns / by The editors of Sixth&Spring Books. — First edition. pages cm ISBN 978-1-936096-93-0 1. Cowls (Clothing) 2. Knitting—Patterns. I. Sixth & Spring Books. II. Title: Sixty quick cowls. TT825.A12484 2015 746.43’20432—dc23 2015007377 Manufactured in China 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 First Edition

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contents 1 Riches of Ribs 18 2 Leaning Tower 20 3 Cable & Bobble Combo 22 4 Gorgeous Gathers 25 5 Fetching Feather & Fan 28 6 Tiny Bubbles 30 7 Full Circle 32 8 High Style 34 9 Cabled Cowlcho 36 10 Entrelac Blocks 39 11 Textured Lace 42 12 Sunny Slip Stitch 44 13 Slip-Stitch Style 46 14 Mosaic Diamonds 48 15 Openwork Flair 50 16 Wrap Party 53 17 Intarsia Ribs 56 18 Slip Stitch Stripes 60 19 Chevron Chic 62 20 Sea of Scallops 64 21 Check Mate 66 22 Tied in Knots 68 23 Sweet & Simple 70 24 Travel Time 72 25 Bobble Flowers 75 26 Ribs with a Twist 78 27 Ruffled Heathers 80 28 Bold Shoulders 82

29 Lattice Bliss 84 30 In the Loop 86 31 Bounty of Bobbles 88

32 Granny Square Glam 90 33 Ribbon Waves 93 34 Touch of Texture 96

35 Snug in Stripes 98 36 Waves of Lace 100 37 Windswept Cables 102 38 Bands of Bold 104 39 Frosted Flowers 106 40 Buttoned Up 108 41 Curled Up in Cables 111 42 Zigzag Ridges 114 43 Gather ‘Round 116 44 Cozy Quilted 118 45 It’s a Draw 120 46 Cables on the Edge 123 47 Horseshoe Cables 126 48 Budding Out 128 49 Pixelation 130 50 Woven with Care 132 51 Stepped-Up Stripes 134 52 Fishtail Cables 136 53 Zip It Up 138 54 Faux Cables 140 55 Braided Beauty 142 56 Pretty & Plaited 144 57 Honeycomb Heaven 146 58 Slouchy Stripes 148 59 Traveling Eyelets 150 60 Slipping Around 152


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INTRODUCTION

The Comfort of a Cowl The popularity of knitted cowls has exploded, and it’s no surprise: a cowl combines the warmth and style of a scarf with easy wearability and quick knitting. These fashion-forward accessories can be simple, straightforward knits or fun, challenging projects that are still quick to make. They’re the perfect canvas for design elements of every type, from lace and cables to slip-stitch patterns and colorwork. The cowls featured in this book, the latest entry in the bestselling 60 Quick Knits series, include all of the above. Each is made in Cascade Yarns’ luxurious but affordable Cloud and Duo lines: super-soft blends of merino wool and baby alpaca in a cozy worsted-Aran weight that knits up in a jiffy. Whether you’re looking for a quick, satisfying project for yourself or an easy-but-elegant gift, you’ll find a lot to love in these pages.

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Peruvian Gold The perfect ingredient for a soft, warm cowl is amazing alpaca Facts every knitter should know about these gentle animals and their incredible fiber

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1980s, Paleontological records show that millions of years ago the ancestors of the alpaca called North America home. Moving from the New World to Old, these alpaca ancestors migrated to what is now Asia and Africa, via the Bering “landbridge.” Others migrated south to South America, where they eventually became the alpaca.

If you’ve never knit with alpaca or met one, it’s time. With their long necks, big eyes, and thick velvety noses,alpacas may look like creatures dreamed up by Dr. Seuss, especially just after shearing. Ranchers in the United States and Canada began to import alpacas in the 1980s. The reasons for attraction were many: their loving temperament, easy care, and the availability of land. People in Canada and the United States scrambled to put their money down on this “huggable investment” and alpacas grew to become wildly popular during the 1990s and early 2000s.

Gentle and shy, alpaca are camelids, the same scientific family as camels, llamas, vicuñas, and guanacos. Camelids are distinguished by a few notable characteristics. All camelids are cud-chewers, but, unlike cows and goats, they have three-chambered stomachs. Cows and goats have fourchambered ones. As a ruminant (cud chewer), alpacas have the ability to consume and survive upon low-quality forage. Watch an alpaca or camel chew and you’ll notice that it masticates its food in a curious figureeight pattern. After swallowing, an alpaca might burp up coarser bits for additional chewing. This is part of the digestive process known as rumination.

At the height of the North American alpaca boom, alpacas commanded an average price of more than $25,000 a piece at auction. A handsome male Peruvian Royal Fawn set the world record when he was purchased for $600,000. While prices have since fallen from their peak, the lovable alpaca remains popular for ranchers and knitters alike. Recently, the fashion industry has “discovered” what knitters already knew: alpaca is a beautiful and luxurious fiber.

Compared to other four-legged animals like horses and cows, camelids are remarkably light on their feet. Behind their two hoof-like toenails is a large soft pad, not unlike that of a dog. This gives them a high-degree of sensory input from the ground, mak-

Alpaca. The Back Story While the modern alpaca was brought to North America in the

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Cable & Bobble Combo Chunky cables and bobbles encircle a cozy cowl that’s a study in three-dimensional design. DESIGNED BY LINDA MEDINA

Knitted Measurements Circumference 30"/76cm Width 10"/25.5cm

Materials 3 31⁄2oz/100g hanks (each approx 164yd/150m) of Cascade Yarns Cloud (merino wool/alpaca) in #2128 tarragon ■ One pair size 10 (6mm) needles or size to obtain gauge ■ One each sizes 7 and 8 (4.5 and 5mm) circular needles, 24"/60cm long ■ Stitch markers ■ Cable needle (cn) ■ Size K/101⁄2 (6.5mm) crochet hook and scrap yarn of similar weight to working yarn for provisional cast-on

k2 from cn. 5-st RPC Sl 2 sts to cn, hold to back, k3, p2 from cn. 5-st LPC Sl 3 sts to cn, hold to front p2, k3 from cn. 6-st RC Sl 3 sts to cn, hold to back, k3, k3 from cn.

Provisional Cast-On Using scrap yarn and crochet hook, ch the number of sts to cast on plus a few extra. Cut a tail and pull the tail through the last chain. With knitting needle and yarn, pick up and knit the stated number of sts through the “purl bumps” on the back of the chain. To remove scrap yarn chain, when instructed, pull out the tail from the last crochet stitch. Gently and slowly pull on the tail to unravel the crochet stitches, carefully placing each released knit stitch on a needle.

Cowl Stitch Glossary MB (make bobble) Knit into the front, back, and front of next st, [turn, k3] 3 times, turn, SK2P. 3-st RC Sl 1 st to cn, hold to back, k2, k1 from cn. 3-st LPC Sl 2 sts to cn, hold to front, p1,

With size 10 (6mm) needles, cast on 50 sts using provisional cast-on method. Work rows 1–12 of chart 15 times. Carefully remove provisional cast-on and place live sts on needle. Graft ends together.

Gauge

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25 sts and 24 rows to 4"/10cm over chart pat using size 10 (6mm) needles. Take time to check gauge.

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Cabled Cowlcho Cowl meets poncho in a stunning Aran piece to wear over your coat or as its own outerwear. DESIGNED BY AUDREY DRYSDALE

■ 6 3½oz/100g hanks (each approx 164yd/150m) of Cascade Yarns Eco Cloud (merino wool/baby alpaca) in #1809 dove gray

from cn. 6-st RC Sl 3 sts to cn, hold to back, k3, k3 from cn. 6-st LC Sl 3 sts to cn, hold to front, k3, k3 from cn. 6-st RPC Sl 4 sts to cn, hold to back, k2, sl 2 purl sts from cn to LH needle, p2, then k2 from cn. 6-st LPC Sl 4 sts to cn, hold to front, k2, sl 2 purl sts from cn to LH needle, p2, then k2 from cn.

■ One pair size 8 (5mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge

Note

Knitted Measurements Circumference 44"/111.5cm Length 17"/43cm

Materials

Front and back cable pieces are worked from side to side. After sides are sewn, collar is picked up and worked in the round.

Size 8 (5mm) circular needle, 24"/60cm long ■

Cable needle (cn)

Stitch markers

Back Cast on 38 sts. Set-up row (WS) K5, [p3, M1 p-st] twice, p1, k7, p2, k1, p2, k7, [p3, M1 p-st] twice, p1—42 sts.

Stitch Glossary 3-st RPC Sl 1 st to cn, hold to back, k2, p1 from cn. 3-st LPC Sl 2 sts to cn, hold to front, p1, k2 from cn. 5-st RC Sl 3 sts to cn, hold to back, k2, sl purl st from cn to LH needle, p1, then k2

BEG CHARTS AND SHAPING Row 1 (RS) Cast on 2 sts, p2 (rev St st), place marker (pm), work cable A over 9 sts, pm, work cable B over 19 sts, pm, work cable A over 9 sts, p2 (rev St st), k3 (garter st selvage sts)—44 sts. Row 2 (WS) K3 (garter st selvage sts),

Gauge 18 sts and 24 rows to 4"/10cm over St st using size 8 (5mm) needles. Take time to check gauge.

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15 Openwork Flair

A pattern of eyelets created by gathering wrapped stitches adds lightness to a long, flared cowl. DESIGNED BY LARS RAINS

Rnd 1 *K2, p2; rep from * around. Rep rnd 1 for k2, p2 rib for 9 rnds more. Inc rnd *K5, M1; rep from * around— 192 sts. Knit 1 rnd.

Knitted Measurements

Circumference at neck edge 45"/114cm Circumference at lower edge 74"/188cm Length 10"/25.5cm

Materials 3 31⁄2oz/100g hanks (each approx 197yd/180m) of Cascade Yarns Highland Duo (baby alpaca/merino wool) in #2305 purple orchid ■ Size 8 (5mm) circular needle, 40"/100cm long, or size to obtain gauge ■

Stitch markers

Stitch Glossary Wrap 6 sts Insert RH needle between 6th and 7th sts on LH needle, wrap working yarn and pull up a loop on RS, place on LH needle. Pull working yarn gently to gather wrap sts, then knit loop st together with next st on needle. Wrap 7 sts Insert RH needle between 7th and 8th sts on LH needle, wrap working yarn and pull up a loop on RS, place on LH needle. Pull working yarn gently to gather wrap sts, then knit loop st together with next st on needle.

Notes Cowl is worked from the neck edge down.

Cowl Cast on 160 sts. Join, taking care not to twist sts, and place marker for beg of rnd.

BEG PATTERN STITCH Rnd 1 [K1, yo, k4, SK2P, k4, yo] 16 times. Rnd 2 and all even-numbered rnds Knit. Rnd 3 [K2, yo, k3, SK2P, k3, yo, k1] 16 times. Rnd 5 [K3, yo, wrap 7 sts, k1, SK2P, k2, yo, k2] 16 times. Rnd 7 K2tog, [k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, SK2P] 15 times, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, sl 1, remove marker, sl 1, pass first slipped st over last slipped st, sl st back to LH needle, replace marker. Rnd 9 K2tog, [k3, yo, k3, yo, k3, SK2P] 15 times, k3, yo, k3, yo, k3, sl 1, remove marker, sl 1, pass first slipped st over last slipped st, sl st back to LH needle, replace marker. Rnd 11 K2tog, [k2, yo, k5, yo, wrap 7 sts, k1, SK2P] 15 times, k2, yo, k5, yo, wrap 6 sts, k1, sl 1, remove marker, sl 1, pass first

Gauge

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17 Intarsia Ribs

Geometric blocks of color formed with intarsia liven up a simple ribbed shape. DESIGNED BY AUDREY DRYSDALE

Row 2 (WS) Knit. Rep rows 1 and 2 for rib pat.

Knitted Measurements Circumference 26"/66cm Length 91⁄2"/24cm

Note Materials

When changing colors, twist yarns on WS to prevent holes in work. If color change falls on a purl stitch in rib pat, work a knit stitch instead, then cont in pat.

1 31⁄2oz/100g hanks (each approx 164yd/150m) of Cascade Yarns Cloud (merino wool/baby alpaca) each in #2130 loganberry (A), #2131 anemone (B), and #2115 raspberry (C) ■ Size 8 (5mm) circular needle, 24"/60cm long, or size to obtain gauge ■ Stitch marker ■

Cowl With A, cast on 115 sts. Purl 1 row. Do not join, work back and forth in rows.

K1b Knit 1 in row below.

BEG CHART AND RIB PATTERN Row 1 (RS) With A, k1, *k1b, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k1b, k1. Row 2 (WS) With A, knit. Row 3 With A, k1, *k1b, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, with B, k1b, k1. Row 4 With B, k2, with A, k to end. Cont to work chart and rib pat in this way through row 84 of chart. Bind off in chart pat.

Rib Pattern

Finishing

Stitch Glossary

(over an odd number of sts) Row 1 (RS) K1, *k1b, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k1b, k1.

Sew back seam. ■

Gauge

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40 Buttoned Up

Have fun choosing snazzy statement buttons to personalize a chunky cabled cowl. DESIGNED BY LINDA MEDINA

and let it unravel to yo below, yo to make a new st. 11-st RC Sl 6 sts to cn, hold to back, k2, p1, k2, then work sts from cn as foll: [p1, k2] twice.

Knitted Measurements

Circumference (buttoned) 30"/76cm Width 9"/23cm

Materials 2 31⁄2oz/100g hanks (each approx 164yd/150m) of Cascade Yarns Cloud (merino wool/baby alpaca) in #2132 peacock green ■ One pair size 10 (6mm) needles or size to obtain gauge ■ One each sizes 7 and 8 (4.5 and 5mm) circular needles, 24"/60cm long ■ Stitch markers ■ Cable needle (cn) ■ Four 1"/25mm buttons ■

Cowl With size 10 (6mm) needles, cast on 45 sts. Row 1 (RS) P1, *k1, p1; rep from * to end. Row 2 K the knit sts and p the purl sts. Rep rows 1 and 2 once for k1, p1 rib, then rep row 1 once more. Set-up row (WS) K4, [p2, k1] 3 times, p2, k2, [p1, p2tog, yo] 3 times, p2, k2, [p2, k1] 3 times, p2, k4.

One-Row Buttonhole Note:This buttonhole technique uses 5 sts to make a 4-st buttonhole. Bring yarn to front of work and sl next st purlwise. Move yarn to back of work and leave it there. *Sl next st from LH needle purlwise, pass the first slipped st over; rep from * 3 times more. Sl the last st

back to the LH needle and turn work. Using the cable cast-on, cast on 5 sts, turn. Sl the first st wyib, pass the extra cast-on st over it to close the buttonhole.

Stitch Glossary Drop st and yo Drop st from LH needle

BEG CHART Work rows 1–24 of chart 7 times. Next row (RS) P1, *k1, p1; rep from * to end. Next row (WS) K the knit sts and p the purl sts. Next (buttonhole) row (RS) P1, k1, [work 1-row buttonhole, work 7 sts in rib] 3 times, work 1-row buttonhole, work to end in rib. Work 2 rows more in rib. Bind off in rib. Block lightly.

Gauge

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index A aran Cabled Cowlcho 36

B Bands of Bold 104 Bobble Flowers 75 bobbles Bobble Flowers 75 Bold Shoulders 82 Bounty of Bobbles 88 Cable & Bobble Combo 22 Bold Shoulders 82 Bounty of Bobbles 88 Braided Beauty 142 Budding Out 128 Buttoned Up 108 buttons Buttoned Up 108 Slip-Stitch Style 46 Traveling Eyelets 150

C Cable & Bobble Combo 22 Cabled Cowlcho 36 cables Bobble Flowers 76 Budding Out 128 Buttoned Up 108 Cable & Bobble Combo 22 Cabled Cowlcho 36 Cables on the Edge 123

Curled up in Cables 111 Faux Cables 140 Fishtail Cables 136 High Style 34 Horseshoe Cables 126 Lattice Bliss 84 Ribs with a Twist 78 Travel Time 72 Windswept Cables 102 Cables on the Edge 123 Check Mate 66 chevron Chevron Chic 62 Zigzag Ridges 114 Chevron Chic 62 colorwork Bands of Bold 104 Check Mate 66 Full Circle 32 Granny Square Glam 90 Intarsia Ribs 56 Mosaic Diamonds 48 Pixelation 130 Pretty & Plaited 144 Slipping Around 152 Slip Stitch Stripes 60 Slouchy Stripes 148 Snug in Stripes 98 Stepped-Up Stripes 134 Sunny Slip Stitch 44 Cozy Quilted 118 crochet

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Granny Square Glam 90 Traveling Eyelets 150 Curled Up in Cables 111

D dropped stitches Bold Shoulders 82 Curled up in Cables 111 Ribbon Waves 93

E Entrelac Blocks 39

F Faux Cables 140 Fetching Feather & Fan 28 Fishtail Cables 136 Frosted Flowers 106 Full Circle 32

G Gather ‘Round 116 geometric Intarsia Ribs 56 Mosaic Diamonds 48 Stepped-Up Stripes 134 Zigzag Ridges 114 Gorgeous Gathers 25 Granny Square Glam 90

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I In the Loop 86 Intarsia Ribs 56 It’s a Draw 120

L lace Fetching Feather & Fan 28 Frosted Flowers 106 Textured Lace 42 Waves of Lace 100 Lattice Bliss 84 Leaning Tower 20

M Mosaic Diamonds 48

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ribbing Bold Shoulders 82 Buttoned Up 108 Cable & Bobble Combo 22 Cables on the Edge 123 Cozy Quilted 118 Faux Cables 140 Fishtail Cables 136 Granny Square Glam 90 Honeycomb Heaven 146 Intarsia Ribs 56 Openwork Flair 50 Ribs with aTwist 78 Riches of Ribs 18 Snug in Stripes 98 Waves of Lace 100 Windswept cables 102 Ribbon Waves 93 Ribs with a Twist 78 Riches of Ribs 18 Ruffled Heathers 80

S Pixelation 130 Pretty & Plaited 144

R reversible Slipping Around 152 Snug in Stripes 98 Wrap Party 53

T Textured Lace 42 Tied in Knots 68 ties Bobble Flowers 75 Tiny Bubbles 30 Touch of Texture 96 Travel Time 72 Traveling Eyelets 150

W Waves of Lace 100 Windswept Cables 102 Woven with Care 132 Wrap Party 53

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Openwork Flair 50

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Snug in Stripes 98 Stepped-Up Stripes 134 Sunny Slip Stitch 44 Sweet & Simple 70

Sea of Scallops 64 Slip Stitch Stripes 60 Slipping Around 152 slip stitch Slip Stitch Stripes 60 Slip-Stitch Style 46 Sunny Slip Stitch 44 Slip-Stitch Style 46 Slouchy Stripes 148

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✽ Things to Know Abbreviations

approximately begin(ning) contrasting color chain centimeter(s) cable needle continu(e)(ing) double crochet decreas(e)(ing) double-pointed needle(s) foll follow(s)(ing) g gram(s) inc increas(e)(ing) k knit kfb knit into the front and back of a stitch— one stitch is increased k2tog knit 2 stitches together LH left-hand lp(s) loop(s) m meter(s) M1 make 1 (knit st) by inserting tip of LH needle from front to back under the strand between the last stitch and the next stitch; knit into the back loop M1 p-st make 1 purl stitch MC main color mm millimeter(s) oz ounce(s) p purl p2tog purl 2 stitches together pat(s) pattern(s) pm place marker psso pass slip stitch(es) over

rem rep RH rnd(s) RS S2KP

remain(s)(ing) repeat right-hand round(s) right side(s) slip 2 sts together, knit 1, pass 2 slip stitches over knit 1 sc single crochet SKP slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over SK2P slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together sl slip sl st slip stitch ssk (ssp) slip next 2 stitches knitwise (purlwise), one at a time; knit (purl) these 2 stitches tog sssk slip next 3 stitches knitwise, one at a time; knit these 3 stitches together st(s) stitch(es) St st stockinette stitch tbl through back loop(s) tog together tr treble crochet WS wrong side(s) wyib with yarn in back wyif with yarn in front yd yard(s) yo yarn over needle * repeat directions following * as many times as indicated [] repeat directions inside brackets as many times as indicated

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Knitting Needles

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approx beg CC ch cm cn cont dc dec dpn(s)

Skill Levels Ideal first project.

Basic stitches, minimal shaping and simple finishing.

For knitters with some experience. More intricate stitches, shaping, and finishing.

For knitters able to work patterns with complicated shaping and finishing.

U.S.

Metric

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2mm

1

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2

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3

3.25mm

4

3.5mm

5

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7

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8

5mm

9

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10

6mm

10½

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11

8mm

13

9mm

15

10mm

17

12.75mm

19

15mm

35

19mm

Checking Your Gauge Make a test swatch at least 4"/10cm square. If the number of stitches and rows does not correspond to the gauge given, you must change the needle size. An easy rule to follow is: To get fewer stitches to the inch/cm, use a larger needle; to get more stitches to the inch/cm, use a smaller needle. Continue to try different needle sizes until you get the same number of stitches and rows in the gauge.


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Cozy Up to Cowls

About Cascade’s Eco and Duo Yarns

Founded in 1987, Cascade Yarns remains a family business. The mission is simple: provide highquality yarns at a reasonable price. Cascade’s Cloud and Highland and Eco Duo yarns meet this mission. These yarns combine the softness of baby alpaca with the body and bounce of merino wool. Countless knitters enjoy using these yarns and so will you. Learn more and find retailers by visiting www.cascadeyarns.com.

Cowls are a special kind of knit: luxurious and warm, but also quick and affordable. 60 Quick Cowls, the latest in the bestselling 60 Quick Knits series, is the ultimate collection of this classic but modern accessory. From cables to colorwork, short and snug or long and loopy, these designs include ideal gifts for everyone and special styles to knit for yourself. All designed in Cascade’s super-soft Cloud and Duo merino/alpaca blends, these fun and fashionable creations are a dream to make and to wear.

60 Quick Cowls

CRAFTS • KNITTING

60 Quick ✽

Cowls LUXURIOUS PROJECTS TO KNIT IN CLOUD AND DUO YARNS FROM CASCADE YARNS® TM

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$17.95 US • $20.95 CANADA

60 Quick ✽

Cowls

LUXURIOUS PROJECTS TO KNIT IN CLOUD AND DUO YARNS FROM CASCADE YARNS® TM

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What’s the perfect project to knit if you need something quick but special? A cowl, of course! This book contains 60 unique cowls made in Cascade’s luscious Cloud and Duo merino/alpaca blends. Designs for every style and skill level include: • Geometric, slip-stitch, and other colorwork creations • Cables, lace, and textured stitch patterns • A range of sizes, from long to close-fitting

ISBN: 978-1-936096-93-0 $17.95 US • $20.95 CANADA

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Whether it’s a gift or a simple, satisfying project for yourself, each of these cowls is a knitter’s delight.


60 Quick Cowls