Lotus Cowl

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Padma is a delicate cowl that combines rows of detailed lotus-like lace knitted in the round, starting with picot stitch cast on. The pattern is worked upwards in lace pattern and then cast off with picot stitch. This picot cast on and cast off gives this cowl a fun, feminine look. It’s designed to fit snug around the neck but can easily be customized for longer length.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 10” height x 24” in circumference.

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking
2 repeat = 6” in lace pattern
Exact gauge is not important but do note that a looser gauge will result in the use of more yardage.

Materials

Yarn:

Super fine weight yarn Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% Merino Wool; 420 yards [384 meters]/100 grams): Leopard, 1 skein.
Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm): 24” circular.
Notions: Stitch markers (one of different color for beg of rnd); tapestry needle.

Abbreviations

BO                   Bind off
CO                   Cast on
K                      Knit
K2tog               Knit 2 sts together
P                      Purl
m                     Marker
Rnd                 Round
sm                   Slip marker
ssk                   Sl 2 sts individually as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loops
St st                 Stockinette stitch
st(s)                 Stitch(es)
Yo                    Yarn over
Sssk                Sl 3 sts individually as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loops
Sk2p                Sl 1 st, k2tog, pass slipped stitches over

Special Stitches

P1, K1 Rib
Rnd 1: *P1, k1; rep from * around.
Rep Rnd 1 for patt.

 Padma Lace Pattern (worked over a multiple of 20 sts)

Chart A
Rnd 1: P1, k1tbl, p1, k2tog, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, ssk, p1, k1tbl, p1, k1 – 20 sts.
Rnd 2: P1, k1tbl, k2tog, k4, yo, k3, yo, k4, ssk, k1tbl, p1, k1.
Rnd 3: P1, k2tog, k4, yo, k5, yo, k4, skp, p1, k1.
Rnd 4: K2tog, k4, yo, k7, yo, k4, ssk, k1.
Rnd 5: K3, k2tog, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, ssk, k4.
Rnd 6: K2, k2tog, k4, yo, k3, yo, k4, ssk, k3.
Rnd 7 (Inc): K1, k2tog, k4, yo, k2tog, yo, Inc 1-to-7, yo, ssk, yo, k4, ssk, k2 – 26 sts.

Chart B
Rnd 1: K2tog, k4, yo, (p1, k1tbl) 6 times, p1, yo, k4, ssk, k1 – 26 sts.
Rnd 2: Yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, (k1tbl, p1) 7 times, k1tbl, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1.
Rnd 3: K4, (p1, k1tbl) 8 times, p1, k5.
Rnd 4: K1, yo, sssk, yo, (p1, k1tbl) 8 times, p1, yo, k3tog, yo, k2.
Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 3.
Rnd 6: K2, yo, ssk, (p1, k1tbl) 8 times, p1, k2tog, yo, k3.
Rnd 7 (Dec): K4, (p1, k1tbl) twice, p1, ssk, k1tbl, p1, k1tbl, k2tog, (p1, k1tbl) twice, p1, k5 – 24 sts.
Rnd 8 (Dec): K3, yo, ssk, (k1tbl, p1) twice, ssk, p1, k2tog, (p1, k1tbl) twice, k2tog, yo, k4 – 22 sts.
Rnd 9 (Dec): K5, (k1tbl, p1) twice, sk2p, (p1, k1tbl) twice, k6 – 20 sts.
Rnd 10: Yo, k4, ssk, p1, k1tbl, p1, k1, p1, k1tbl, p1, k2tog, k4, yo, k1.
Rnd 11: K1, yo, k4, ssk, k1tbl, p1, k1, p1, k1tbl, k2tog, k4, yo, k2.
Rnd 12: K2, yo, k4, ssk, p1, k1, p1, k2tog, k4, yo, k3.
Rnd 13: K3, yo, k4, ssk, k1, k2tog, k4, yo, k4.
Rnd 14: Yo, k4, ssk, k7, k2tog, k4, yo, k1.
Rnd 15: K1, yo, k4, ssk, k5, k2tog, k4, yo, k2.
Rnd 16 (Inc): Yo, ssk, yo, k4, ssk, k3, k2tog, k4, yo, k2tog, yo, Inc 1-to-7 – 26 sts.

Chart C
Rnd 1: P1, k1tbl, p1, yo, k4, ssk, k1, k2tog, k4, yo, (p1, k1tbl) 5 times – 26 sts
Rnd 2: (P1, k1tbl) twice, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, (k1tbl, p1) 5 times, k1tbl.
Rnd 3: (P1, k1tbl) twice, p1, k9, (p1, k1tbl) 6 times.
Rnd 4: (P1, k1tbl) twice, p1, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, sssk, yo, (p1, k1tbl) 6 times.
Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 3.
Rnd 6: (P1, k1tbl) twice, p1, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, ssk, (p1, k1tbl) 6 times.
Rnd 7 (Dec): (P1, k1tbl) twice, p1, k9, (p1, k1tbl) twice, p1, ssk, k1tbl, p1, k1tbl, k2tog – 24 sts.
Rnd 8 (Dec): (P1, k1tbl) twice, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, (k1tbl, p1) twice, ssk, p1, k2tog – 22 sts.
Rnd 9 (Dec): (P1, k1tbl) twice, k11, (k1tbl, p1) twice, sk2p – 20 sts.

Pattern

Loosely CO 160 sts. Join to work in rnd and place a marker for the beginning of the round.
Note: For a longer cowl, CO a multiple of 20 sts. This will result in increased yardage requirement for completing the project.
Work 8 rnds in P1, K1 Rib.
Work Rnd 1 of Padma Lace Pattern over 20-st rep, working from written instruction or chart.
Cont as est until all 7 rnds of Chart A is complete.
Note: You may choose to use a different color marker after each set of 20 sts.
Work Chart B for next 16 rnds, followed by Chart C for 9 rnds.
Rep Charts A, B, and C once more for 32 rnds.
Work 8 rnds in P1, K1 Rib.
BO all sts loosely.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Gently steam block the cowl. yarn ball

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