Unduléi cowl


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Zigzagging lines and gentle curves merge. A play of light and shadow, matter and void. The changing perspectives create captivating patterns where mind and body wander.

The architecture of stairs exerts a strange fascination on me. This is where reality and abstraction meet, offering mesmerizing photographs in which our three-dimensional world of glass, metal and stone transforms into two-dimensional abstract geometry.

The Unduléi cowl is inspired by the fascinating architectural elements of winding stairs. One such staircase is found in MUDAM, a museum in the city of Luxembourg. The cowl combines knitted lace and textured columns to create reversible winding patterns with negative space. Come play with curves, lines and eyelets, and wrap yourself in style with Unduléi!

The cowl is freely named after “unduléieren”, which is Luxembourgish for “to undulate”

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, or gradient (single skein or gradient set) yarns.

Do you like the Unduléi cowl? You might like those patterns too: The Ondulació cowl, and the Aventurijn cowl. For endless fun with zigzagging knitted lace and reversible texture! Check them out!

ONION Knit No. 4 Organic Wool + Nettles (DK; 70% Wool, 30% Nettle; 130 meters / 142 yards per 50 grams); 2 balls; sample uses 81 grams in color 814 Petrol.

3.75 mm (US size 5) 80 cm / 32 inches circular needle or size to obtain gauge.

23 stitches and 31 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette stitch, unblocked.
17 stitches and 24 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in stitch pattern B – Wavy Zag, 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), 14 in color B (optional). Tapestry needle. Blocking pins. Blocking wires (optional).

One; easily customizable.

Final measurements
Circumference (c): 108 cm / 42.5 inches, height (h): 28 cm / 11 inches.

Skill level
Basic stitches, increases, decreases. 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. 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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