Arboricole cowl


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High in the tree tops, leaves rustle in the wind, a gentle and calming music.

I hear a bird singing, joyful and determined. It’s a whole different world up there, teeming with life, and yet inaccessible to us, humans… Imagine life in the canopy, full of mystery, catching moisture, sun, and wind as day and night go by.

The Arboricole cowl is inspired by all things “tree”. The cowl playfully features bold twisted traveling cables — reminiscent of steady trunks and graceful vines — climbing up the cowl, and a lace stitch pattern of exuberant canopies. Are you ready to explore the canopy too? Then come join us on this playful journey and wrap yourself in leafy comfort!

For best effect, use a round yarn with good stitch definition. Yarn weights ranging from fingering to DK would be suitable. As for colorways, I would recommend solid, semi-solid, or gradient (single skein or gradient set) yarns.

Renaissance Dyeing Merinos d’Arles (Fingering; 100% Merino; 380 meters / 416 yards per 100 grams); 2 skeins; sample uses 147 grams in color Jade.

3 mm (US size 2.5) 80 cm / 32 inches circular needle or size to obtain gauge.

27.5 stitches and 40.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette stitch, unblocked.
22.5 stitches and 34.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in stitch pattern B – Canopy, blocked.
Note: obtaining the gauge given is not crucial but will affect the finished size and the yardage needed.

Removable stitch markers: 1 in color A (beginning-of-round marker), 4 in color B (optional). Tapestry needle. Blocking pins. Blocking wires (optional).

One; easily customizable.

Final measurements
Circumference (c): 132 cm / 52 inches, height (h): 38 cm / 15 inches.

Skill level
Basic stitches, increases, double and multiple decreases, twisted stitches, cable stitches. Stitch pattern requiring some attention. Easy patterning on all rounds. Lace and cable patterning on odd rounds only. Working with a wide stitch repeat. Elastic BO.
Video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used.

Pattern notes
This pattern is worked in the round. The stitch count
remains constant throughout the whole pattern. 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: canopycraft, kallyknits. 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!

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