AUTONOMY COWL – PDF HAND KNITTING PATTERN
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Inspired by the green bandanas and handkerchiefs I’ve seen throughout the world at abortion access protests (starting almost 20 years ago in Argentina!), the autonomy cowl pattern was designed to help raise funds for groups making full reproductive healthcare more available to all. There are lots of wonderful dyers who have green yarns available for this cowl and I’ll be showing some of them in my Instagram stories and on my grid.
The dk version shown at top takes only about 100-110 yards of yarn, and the fingering weight pattern hack shown at bottom takes about 150 yards. There is charted patterning, and also directions on omitting the patterning for a plain cowl if desired. Any shade of green that fits your personality is perfect!
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One size; adjustable
Circumference (unstretched): 20 inches; Depth: 20 inches without tassel
Measurements taken after blocking (washing, laying flat to dry; sample was not stretched or pinned).
dk weight wool approximately 110 yards/50g; green, one skein
includes pattern hack for fingering weight wool
+ pattern hack for fingering weight wool approximately 200 yards/50g; green, about 140 yards
(blue-green dk sample: Niagara colorway from Ewe-Nited States of Fiber; lettuce green fingering weight sample: Archive Green from Lady Dye Yarns)
1 – set each 16 inch length circular knitting needles in US 8/5mm and US 6/4mm for dk weight version; 1 – set each 16 inch length circular knitting needles in US 5/3.75mm and US 3/3.25mm for fingering weight version
dk weight gauge: 16 sts/32 rows = 4”/10cm in garter stitch after mild blocking (wash, lay flat to dry; or steam block)
fingering weight gauge: 20 sts/40 rows = 4”/10cm in garter stitch after mild blocking (wash, lay flat to dry; or steam block)