Donnerstag, 7. September 2017

Skew Symmtery Cowl

This spring I experimented a lot with a combination of intarsia technique and short rows - on smaller projects such as washcloths and potholders (such as I ♥ Intarsia Washcloth) and on a bigger scarf (Wedges Wrap). I did like the resulting patterns so I wanted to try it out on a cowl as well - and this time with an interesting black and white contrast.
So, if you like bold geometric patterns, this cowl is for you. It is knitted all in garter stitch with two skeins or bobbins of each color.
As to the name: This Wikipedia page explains the concept of a skew symmetric matrix.

This pattern is available for purchase 

The pattern contains a written description, a chart, some schematics and some explanations on techniques.

  • about 200 grams of Sports weight yarn in two colors: 100 grams of color 1 (divided into two skeins or bobbins) and 100 grams of color 2 (also divided into two skeins or bobbins)
  • 4mm knitting needles - I used circulars, but straight needles will do as well
  • a tapestry needle to weave in ends

Gauge and Size
In garter stitch 9 ridges (i.e. 18 rows) gave 5 cm in height – and 9 stitches gave 5 cm in width.
The finished cowl is 29 cm wide and measures 124 cm in circumference.

Necessary Skills
To complete this cowl you need the following knitting skills (besides basic garter stitch):
  • Intarsia
  • Short rows with wrap and turn
  • Picking up stitches from a side edge

This blogpost was featured at Oombawka Design's Wednesday Link Party. Thank you!

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