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Panda Silk DK Sidestepping Cowl


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A Free Cowl Pattern that uses only 1 ball of Panda Silk DK

designed & Knit by Laura Andersson

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Level: Advanced Beginner-Intermediate

Introduction: Cowls = versatile fashion addition; great gifting; and you only have to knit one.
The Side-stepping Cowl pattern uses both K & P sts best showcase your fav yarn colors and uses only one ball of Panda Silk DK - make several.

Yarn: Crystal Palace Panda Silk DK  1 - 50 g ball of color desired; Color shown is #8118 'outer space".
Needles: Crystal Palace 16" Bamboo Circular needle size 6 US or size needed to obtain gauge.
Notions: stitch marker or contrasting loop of yarn

Gauge: 6.5 sts/in. in St st

Abbreviations: CO: cast on; dec: decrease; K: knit; P: purl; rem: remain(ing); rep: repeat; st(s): stitch(es); St st: stockinette st, knit every round; rnd: round;
SSK: slip two stitches from left to right needle, one-at-a-time. Insert tip of left needle into these two sts and knit them (Dec of 1);
SKP: slip one st from left to rt needle, K next st, pass SL-st over the K st (dec of 1).

Size: teen/adult medium ~ 17 in. neck circumference

With 16" circular needle, CO 111 sts. Join, being careful not to twist.
Place Marker to indicate beginning of round

P 2 rnds; work 1 rnd in k1, p1 and 1 rnd p1, k1. Increase 1 st in last rnd [112 sts].

Begin side-stepping pattern.
Rnd 1: *(k4, p4), around; repeat 1 rnd
Rnd 2: *(P1, k4, p4) around, end p3; repeat 1 rnd.
Rnd 3: *(P2, k4, p4), around, end p2; repeat 1 rnd.
Rnd 4: *(p3, k4, p4), around, end p1. repeat 1 rnd
Rnd 5: *(p4, k4), around. Repeat 1 rnd
Rnd 6: *(k1, p4, k4), around; end k3. Repeat 1 rnd
Rnd 7: *(k2, p4, k4), around. End k2. Repeat 1 rnd.
Rnd 8: *(k3, p4, k4), around. End k1, Repeat 1 rnd.

Rep these 8 rnds until cowl is 5.75 in. from CO edge, or until yarn ball is nearly used.
P1 rnd.
Work 1 or 2 rnds K1, P1
Bind off in P, very loosely

Cut yarn, leaving an ~ 8 in end. Pull end through last loop.

Finishing: work ends in on reverse side so they don't show. A crochet hook does this very rapidly.

Laura is the editor (and author-designer) of 50 Socks- 50 states and More [a ~58-pattern, 23-designer CD 2010 released for both PC and MAC], from Sirius Knitting Publications and can be reached at

Pattern Copyright 2010 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. and Dr. Laura Andersson - We are happy to share this  pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Please do not post it on the Web nor on blogs or mailing lists. Knitting shops carrying CPY Yarns Panda Silk DK are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns. Please do not distribute Crystal Palace Yarns patterns for use with other company's yarns.

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