Alvéolis cowl / scarf


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Large rock formations dot the woods. In some, a system of cracks and caves where people easily fit has formed over the centuries. Other rocks look like boulders moved around by what once was a sea. These rocks display an amazing network of small holes arranged in a semi-organized manner: Honeycomb weathering in sandstone, otherwise known as alveoli or stonelace. This is woody and stony Berdorf in Luxembourg, a geologic dreamland.
The Alvéolis cowl / scarf is inspired by these rocks and fascinating stonelace. Modules worked in different directions are combined to create a cowl or a scarf with honeycomb-like colored accents, negative space, seamless joins, and a wavy and textured lace pattern reminiscent of flowing water. Join us on this colorful journey and go with the flow!

The cowl / scarf is freely named after alvéoles (honeycomb in French) and alveoli.

For best effect, use a round yarn with good stitch definition. Yarn weights ranging from fingering to worsted would be suitable. As for colorways, I would recommend solid, semi-solid, speckled yarns, combined with a gradient as background color for the rectangles with color accents.

Please check at the bottom of the page for tips on yarn selection and substitution.

Lang Yarns Merino 120 Dégradé (DK, 100% Merino, 120 meters / 131 yards per 50 grams); MC: [2,3] balls.
Lang Yarns Merino 120 (DK, 100% Merino, 120 meters / 131 yards per 50 grams); CC1: 1 ball; CC2: 1 ball; CC3: 1 ball; CC4: 1 ball.
Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca (Sport, 100% Alpaca, 167 meters / 183 yards per 50 grams); CC5: 1 ball.
Samples use [80,120] grams in color 37.0005 Ocean (MC), [22,25] grams in color 34.0311 Gold (CC1), [22,37] grams in color 34.0511 Tangerine (CC2), [6,9] grams in color 34.0211 Vitamine (CC3), [6,9] grams in color 34.0187 Copper (CC4), and 38 grams in color 5565 Light Maroon Mix (CC5).

4 mm (US size 6) circular needle or size to obtain gauge with two cable lengths as follows: (1) 60 cm / 24 inches; (2) 120 cm / 47 inches.
2.75 mm (US size 2) 120 cm / 47 inches circular needle or size to obtain gauge.
The long circular needles are used to work the CO and to accommodate the large number of stitches.

20 stitches and 26.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch with MC, unblocked with 4 mm (US size 6) needles.
21.5 stitches and 33.25 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch with CC5, unblocked with 2.75 mm (US size 2) needles.
17.75 stitches and 24.75 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Pattern A – Holey Rock Edging (begin) with MC, blocked and with 4 mm (US size 6) needles.
12 sts and 34 rows (including short rows) = 6.75 cm / 2.66 inches wide and 2.8 cm / 1.1 inches tall over one repeat of Pattern B – Alvéoles with MC and CC1 to 4, blocked and with 4 mm (US size 6) needles.
12 sts and 14 rows (including holes) = 6.75 cm / 2.66 inches wide and 8.8 cm / 3.46 inches tall over one repeat of Pattern C – Sand Stone with MC, blocked and with 4 mm (US size 6) needles.
23.5 stitches and 34.25 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Pattern E – Erosion with CC5, CC1 and CC2, blocked and with 2.75 mm (US size 2) needles.
Note: obtaining the gauge given is not crucial but will affect the finished size and the yardage needed. Base the needle choice on the Stockinette Stitch gauges of MC and CC5.

Waste yarn (or [3,5] spare circular needle cables). Tapestry needle. Blocking pins. Blocking wires (optional).

Two: [cowl, scarf]. Customizable.

Final measurements
Cowl: Width (w): 32 cm / 12.5 inches, circumference (c): 142 cm / 56 inches.
Scarf: Width (w): 32 cm / 12.5 inches, length (l): 197 cm / 77.5 inches.

Skill level
Knit, purl, lifted increases, decreases. Easy patterning on both sides. Easy to memorize lace stitch pattern. German short rows. Working seamless joins. Working stripes. Judy’s Magic CO and purled CO. Elastic BO and regular BO. BO and CO in the middle of the work.
Video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used.

Pattern notes
This pattern is worked flat in two Sections to form a cowl / scarf worked seamlessly in different directions. Suggestions are given to customize the pattern.
Charts and written instructions are provided as well as clear video tutorials for the used stitches and techniques.

Pattern support
For questions about this pattern, please PM me on Ravelry or send me an email. Contact details are provided.

Thank you note
I’d like to send a big thank you to my truly awesome test knitters on Ravelry: fiberlass, saralevene.
Thanks a lot for your time and dedication, for helping me make this pattern even better and for showing how the pattern would look like with different yarns!

Notes about the yarns
This pattern uses six colorways in total. MC is the blue gradient (DK) used as background color. CC1 to 4 (DK) are used for the color accents (same yarn base as MC, but in solid). Section 1 – Holey Rock (the blue rectangles with color accents) uses the yarns MC, CC1 to 4. CC5 is the Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca yarn in color Light Maroon Mix (heather almost solid, Sport). Section 2 – Flowing Water (the wavy portions with stripes) uses CC5 as background color, plus CC1 and CC2 for color stripes. Note that Section 2 – Flowing Water uses two yarn weights, Sport and DK. CC5, the Sport weight, needs to be thinner than the other colorways for the pattern to work.
When substituting yarn for Section 1 – Holey Rock, avoid inelastic fibers such as silk, cotton, linen, hemp, etc., and man-made fibers that won’t keep the block; wool or blends with high wool content are best.
When substituting yarn for Section 2 – Flowing Water, use a thinner yarn so that the blocked gauge of 2 rows in CC5 for Pattern E – Erosion approximately matches the blocked gauge of 1 st in MC for Pattern A – Holey Rock Edging (begin).

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