The stitch pattern swings back and forth around the wearer’s neck reminding me of the West Coast Swing dance style, and its dance step called the Basket Whip. This cowl is knitted in the round. The combination of thin yarn and large needles make this cowl lacy and warm. Loose cast on and bind off edges are necessary so that the edges will make attractive points when blocked.
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60% wool, 30% baby alpaca, 10% angora
Fresco is a smooth and even 3-ply sport weight yarn. The plies are twisted together tightly enough to make a firm, springy yarn, but not so tightly that the yarn looses its lofty, soft hand. The fiber blendwool (for warmth and strength), alpaca (for loft and sheen), and a bit of angora (to provide a soft halo)makes a yarn that’s warm, soft, and slightly fuzzy. Fresco is available in a palette of 40 colors, which makes it great for colorwork projects. However as you can see from this weeks project, the yarn is also beautiful worked up in solid-color lacy patterns on a larger needle.
The lace pattern in the Fresco Basket Whip Cowl is formed by pairing yarn overs (a way of increasing a stitch) with left and right slanting decrease stitches. The decreases are placed so that they form strong diagonal lines that are then reinforced by the lines of eyelets made by the yarn overs next to them. For more information on working these stitches, click on the links below.
Learn more about yarn overs.
Learn more about right and left slanting decrease stitches.
Here is the free downloadable Fresco Basket Whip Cowl pattern.
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