Hélixis cowl


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Light and shadow intertwine in a mesmerizing dance of contrasts. Surfaces seem to fuse. Curves guide the eye upwards, offering captivating geometry, shapes, and visual effects.

Spiral stairs have a sculptural quality that I find especially fascinating, merging abstraction and utility. The helical shape creates a dynamic and flowing form that draws me in.

The Hélixis cowl draws its inspiration from spiral staircases, their abstract forms, and their movement. Hélixis features an all-over lace pattern that is aesthetically pleasing and sculptural. It combines twisted and purled stitches that rhythmically climb up the cowl.

Let us pause to appreciate the beauty of this dance, and find inspiration in the ever-changing interplay of light, shadow, and sculptural form.

The cowl name is derived from “hélicoïdal”, French for helix.

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 or semi-solid yarns, or a single skein gradient.

Do you like the Hélixis cowl? You might like those patterns too: The Poppy Path cowl, and the Eifel Oak cowl. For endless fun with rhythmic textured lace! Check them out!

Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Pure (Fingering; 100% Merino; 525 meters / 574 yards per 150 grams); 1 skein; sample uses 92 grams in color Tandoori Masala.

2.75 mm (US size 2) 80 cm / 32 inches circular needle or size to obtain gauge.

26 stitches and 36 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette stitch, unblocked.
21 stitches and 35.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stitch Pattern B – Spiraling, 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), 19 in color B (optional). Tapestry needle. Blocking pins. Blocking wires (optional).

One; easily customizable.

Final measurements
Circumference (c): 104 cm / 41 inches, height (h): 26.5 cm / 10.5 inches.

Skill level
Basic stitches, increases, twisted decreases, twisted stitches. Easy to memorize stitch pattern. Patterning on all rounds. 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 stitches and techniques used.

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: alpinemeadow, knitfairies. Thank you so much 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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