Thursday, August 25, 2011
Hi friends! I've got a pattern to share with you today. Meet the Mithril Cowl.
Mithril is a strong but lightweight rare metal appearing in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Gandalf even rated Bilbo’s mithril coat (later inherited by Frodo) as "greater than the value of the whole Shire and everything in it."
While you might not need the same protection a hobbit on a long journey would, surely a fine lace cowl will provide some beauty along your own path. This pattern has two versions: a complex lace and cabled cowl or a simpler lace and stockinette cowl. You pick!
Cowl Size: One Size. Measurements taken after blocking.
Cowl Circumference: 28 inches (71 cm) Cowl Length: 11.5 inches (29 cm)
Needles: 1 set US #3/3.25mm 24” circular needle or size to get gauge.
Gauge: 22 sts/28 rows = 4" in Stockinette St.
Yarn: Any Fingering-weight yarn that gives you proper gauge. Sample shown: A Verb For Keeping Warm Creating [100% merino wool; 385yd per 100gr skein]; color: Asterix: 1 skein.
Notions: Stitch marker, cable needle (for complex version only), tapestry needle.
Simple version: Advanced beginner - Worked in the round with picot edges, simple lace and stockinette body.
Complex version: Intermediate to advanced -
Worked in the round with picot edges, complex lace and cabled stitches.
I hope you like it! If you are interested in knitting your own mithril cowl, follow the links below.
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Thanks to Sorren Kerr for modeling and test knitting and Vivian Aubrey for the photographs.