Wildfire Block Cowl

Punctuated with bold short row blocks, this generous cowl is worked in stripes of lace and DK weight yarn. Whether you drape this over your shoulders or wear it doubled around your neck, this piece will add a unique accent to almost any outfit

Skill Level: Advanced 

Size: Finished circumference 45.75 = (51)”; shown in size 51″

Gauge: 22 sts and 34 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in pattern st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (70% merino, 30% silk; 150 yards [135 meters]/50 grams): #3202 Zinnia (MC, 2 (2) skeins); Manos del Uruguay Lace (70% baby alpaca, 25% silk, 5% cashmere; 439 yards [400 meters]/50 grams): #L2183 Gloriana (CC, 1 skein)
Needles: US size 4 (3.5 mm) 32” circular needles
Notions: Tapestry needle, invisible thread, sewing needle

Abbreviations

W&T: Wrap and turn

Pattern Notes

Cowl is worked flat from the bottom up, then seamed.
The pattern stitch is a series of stripes worked in two different yarns – DK weight and lace weight. The DK weight stripes are punctuated with short row blocks worked in reverse stockinette stitch.
After completing short rows blocks, work wrapped stitches by knitting the stitch and the wrap together as one. Working the stitch and the wrap together through the back loop can further improve the finished appearance.
If you find that you have trouble identifying the wrapped stitches, try marking each one with a split ring marker.
Pattern contains 2 selvedge stitches which will be consumed by the seam.

Pattern

Bottom Border

With MC, cast on 254 (282) sts using long tail cast on method, then work 6 rows in garter st.

Short Row Block Pattern (Multiple of 14 + 2)

Row 1 (RS): Switch to CC and knit.
Rows 2-4: Cont in CC and work evenly in stockinette st.
Row 5: Switch to MC and knit.
Row 6: Cont in MC, k14, W&T, *p5, W&T, k4, W&T, p3, W&T, k18, W&T, rep from * across ending with k6.
Rows 7-10: Switch to CC and work evenly in stockinette st.
Row 11: Switch to MC and knit.
Row 12: Cont in MC, k7 W&T, *p5, W&T, k4, W&T, p3, W&T, k18, W&T, rep from * across ending with k13.
Rep rows 1-12 13 more times for a total of 168 rows from bottom border.
Switch to CC and work 4 more rows evenly in stockinette st.

Top Border

Switch to MC and work evenly in garter st for 6 rows then bind off.

Finishing

Block to finished measurements. Seam using sewing needle and invisible thread. Weave in ends. yarn ball

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