An eerie, deep, resonant soundscape rises, inspiring awe, otherworldliness, and grandeur. Vast expanses unfold before my eyes. Ripples. The howling of desert winds. Shifting dunes. Voices ebb and flow, epic and mystical. A minimalist melody echoes the hypnotic and infinite landscape. What magic makes music conjure images and emotions?
The Dunaris cowl is inspired by the music of Dune by composer Hans Zimmer. The cowl combines naturally biased stitch patterns in two-color brioche. Their shapes evoke sound waves and ripples in the sand. For extra fun, Dunaris is worked in one dark color and one bright variegated colorway introducing variation and spiraling in the repetitive wave pattern.
Join us on this epic journey and wrap your neck in lavish brioche with Dunaris!
Dunaris is a word play on Dune and Arrakis. Arrakis is the name of the imaginary planet of Dune. The Dune film for which Hans Zimmer composed the music is based on Frank Herbert’s Dune science fiction novel.
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 one solid or semi-solid yarn, and one contrasting variegated or single skein gradient yarn.
Malabrigo Arroyo (Sport, 100% Merino; 305 meters / 335 yards per 100 grams); MC: 1 skein, CC: 1 skein.
Sample uses 87 grams in color 046 Prussia Blue (MC), 65 grams in color 850 Archangel (CC).
2.75 mm (US size 2)80 cm / 32 inches circular needle or size to obtain gauge.
21 stitches and 32 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Brioche stitch, unblocked.
20 stitches and 26.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in stitch pattern C – Ripples of Arrakis, 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), 8 in color B (optional). Tapestry needle. Blocking pins. Blocking wires (optional).
One; easily customizable.
Circumference (c): 108 cm / 42.5 inches, height (h): 31 cm / 12 inches, see schematic.
Basic stitches. Brioche basic stitches. Brioche multiple increases and decreases. Brioche stitch pattern requiring some attention. Working in two-color Brioche in the round. Elastic BO.
Video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used (see Section Tutorials on page 11).
This pattern is worked in the round with both single-color garter stitch and two-color brioche. 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.
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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