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Maenporth Tam Cowl

Maenporth Tam Cowl

MATERIALS:

approx. 50g aran/worsted weight yarn

Needles – 4.5mm (US7)

Maenporth is a deliciously warm short cowl/neck-warmer that can also double as a headband or tam. It’s a one-skein-or-less project, so ideal for using up stash yarn or a small amount of something special and, as the pattern is knit flat and then grafted, it’s also easy to adapt for a long-line cowl or scarf if you prefer.

The pattern blends lace and slip stitch rib techniques with subtle twists to create a design that looks intricate, but it very simple to knit, hardwearing, and has an attractive reverse side. What more could you want?

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ABBREVIATIONS:

RS:     right side
WS:    wrong side
sl1: slip one stitch as if to knit
k:       knit
p:       purl
LT: Left Twist (see below)
k2tog: knit two together
2yo:    make two yarn overs
ssk: slip slip knit (slip two stitches from left to right needle as if to knit, then slide the left needle through the front of both stitches and knit them together. This creates a left-leaning decrease that mirrors the right-leaning k2tog decrease.
RT: Right Twist (see below)
sl1wyif: slip one stitch purlwise, with yarn held in front
p1tbl: purl one stitch through the back loop (this creates a twisted stitch)

TECHNIQUES:

LEFT TWIST: Hold one stitch to the front (using a cable needle if you like), knit the second stitch, then knit the held stitch.

RIGHT TWIST: Hold one stitch to the back (using a cable needle if you like), knit the second stitch, then knit the held stitch.

TIP: If you’re comfortable doing so, make a Left Twist by just passing your right needle behind the first stitch to knit the second, then come around and knit the first stitch as normal. No need to worry about a cable needle! You can make a Right Twist the same way, but by just knitting into the second stitch from the front, then knitting the first as normal.

PATTERN:

Cast on 55 stitches using a provisional cast on.

 

Row 1: (RS)

sl1, k3, p2, k1, p3, LT, p1, k1, k2tog, k1, 2yo, k1, ssk, k1, p1, RT, p3, k1, p3, LT, p1, k1, k2tog, k1, 2yo, k1, ssk, k1, p1, RT, p3, k1, p2, k4

Row 2: (WS)
sl1, k5, sl1wyif, k3, p2, k1, p4, p1tbl, p3, k1, p2, k3,
sl1wyif, k3, p2, k1, p4, p1tbl, p3, k1, p2, k3, sl1wyif, k6

Rows 1 and 2 complete the pattern so, if you like, you can continue with these two rows until you reach the desired length for your cowl, then graft the ends together using a Kitchener stitch.

 

Block lightly and enjoy!

 

If you want some technique guidance on provisional cast ons and/or Kitchener stitch, instructions are included in the .pdf download.

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