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  • Inspira Cowlinspired by evvvie's amazing pompom hat on Ravelry. Using long colour repeat yarns and a stranded knitting technique in corrugated rib, colours shift over a staggered rib pattern. Hues can merge together and then boldly diverge, much as ribbons of clouds over a vast landscape cast shadows, momentarily dimming the vista below.

    When knit with intense colours, you might stand out in an urban environment. Should you find yourself on the run from a shadowy international conspiracy, best leave this one behind on the bus, Jason. But if done up in soft tweeds and heathers evocative of Scotland, this might be just the thing to pull on as you head for the Highlands when going to ground: You'll blend right in. What are you waiting for? Start knitting your adventure.

    Directions are for three versions to knit, each with different rib patterns and yarn weights:

    Mesa rock in aran, Steampunk in fingering, and Afrique in aran/bulky weight.

    Difficulty level: fair to middling. Important! Read the Nitty Gritty Notes @ the end prior to CO.

  • Inspira Cowl . Mesa rock version

    Mesa rock is knit from the bottom up with two yarns, a MC and a CC, over a staggered 2X2 knit and purl ribbing, with the ribs taller at the bottom and shortening towards the top, as though looking up at a mesa rock formation. Three repeats for each section. Two rounds of plain knit separate each ribbing. The rib lengths shift from rounds of 7-6-5, followed by a single rib of three rounds, and ending with two rounds of plain rib. (Note: I frequently Russian join (Rj) new colours in the original rose/ochre version, rearranging what came off the skein, but only occasionally for 2nd teal blue/grey.) Shape: wider at bottom to drape over one shoulder, narrowing at top. (Note: I later knit for TaskForce Inspira a cowl with 9-7-4 rib lengths that emulate much more clearly mesa rock formations.)

    Finished measurements-Original rose/ochre version: 26 inches/66cm top circumference; 34 inches/86cm bottom circumference; 13 inches/33cm height; bottom edge to decrease round, 8 1/4 inches/22cm.

    Teal blue/grey version: 24 inches/61cm top circumference; 32 inches/81cm bottom circumference; 12 inches/30.5cm height; bottom edge to decrease round, 7 inches/20cm.

    Materials-Yarn: aran wt., 336 yards/307meters total of two long-repeat colourways. MC: 189 yds/172 meters; CC: 147 yds/134 meters. (Note: I used Lion Brand Amazing for both cowls pictured. Rose/ochre cowl, colourways Aurora, Mesa, Arcadia, Wildflowers. Teal blue/grey cowl, colourways Arcadia as MC/2 skeins, using only oz, or 42 yds/38 meters from 2nd skein; Olympia as CC/1 skein.)

    Needles: original, US 10/6mm and US 9/5.5mm circular. 2nd teal blue/grey: US 10/6mm, US 8/5mm circular. (Steel crochet hook for Russian joining/Rj, or use a tapestry needle.)

    Gauge-over 4 inches/10 cm. Original rose/ochre: 19 sts X 22 rows. 2nd, teal blue/grey: 20 sts X 25 rows. (Note: My tension firms towards neckline to keep it from being floppy, and gauge changes.)

    Mesa rock Directions: With 1 strand, on US 10/6mm needles, cable CO 144 sts. (You may switch when most convenient to US 9/5.5mm needles, or US 8/5mm as for smaller version 1.a, even if after working a few rounds.) Join for working in round, do not twist. Use a marker to keep track of rounds (a long bobby pin works well). Begin rib pattern by K2 with MC, P2 with CC. You can work round one with single yarn for both the knit and purl sts, adding the CC yarn in round two, if easier. I joined the CC yarn in round one.

    Begin with the staggered three-stack of seven rounds of ribbing. To maintain the staggered effect, keep the yarn you assign to the purl columns the same throughout.

    Rounds 1-7: K2, P2

    Rounds 8-9: Drop the CC, knit all sts. (Note: Drop the CC for all K only rows, picking up again when working rib rounds)

  • Inspira Cowl . Mesa rock version......2nd page....Rounds 10-16: P2, K2

    Rounds 17-18: knit

    Rounds 19-25: K2, P2

    Rounds 26-27: knit

    Begin the staggered three-stack of six rounds of ribbing. Rounds 28-33: P2, K2

    Rounds 34-35: knit

    Rounds 36-41: K2, P2

    Rounds 42-43: knit

    Rounds 44-49: P2, K2

    Round 50: knit

    Round 51: Decrease 20 sts by (k2tog, k5) around, ending with k4. Stitch count: begin round with 144sts; decrease 20 sts; end round with 124 sts. (Note: Decreases do not maintain pattern. The next rib will at times merge with previous rib. That's one reason why this is an experiment/recipe, see? Use closely hued colours over those ribs before and after decrease round to minimize the pattern break.)

    Begin the staggered three-stack of five rounds of ribbing. Rounds 52-56: K2, P2

    Rounds 57-58: knit

    Rounds 59-63: P2,K2

    Rounds 64-65: knit

    Rounds 66-70: K2, P2; final five round stack.

    Rounds 71-72: knit

    Rounds 73-75: P2, K2. At end of third round, drop one yarn and cut, leaving enough length for your preferred method of weaving in. I used Russian joining for each cowl.

    Rounds 76-77: P2, K2 with remaining yarn. BO just loose enough in rib.

    Finishing: Block as you like. I jammed the cowl over my shoulders and pushed it out with my hands. You know, the way knits are never supposed to be treated. Now is when you will discover just how great spit splicing is. Me, I'll stick with Russian joining, thank-you very much. Be careful to not block/stretch out the neck edge, to avoid it from ruffling. The neckline stands up better when left unblocked. Pop it on and scan your horizons.

  • Inspira Cowl .Steampunk version

    Steampunk is knit from the bottom up with two yarns, using a MC and a CC over a staggered and graduated 3X3 knit and purl rib pattern, emulating toothed gears, wheels within wheels, clockwork. Rounds follow a 12-6-3 pattern ribbing repeat. Two rounds of plain knit separate each ribbing. Shape: wide at bottom to drape over one shoulder, or even two in a light hug, narrowing at top.

    Finished measurements-26 inches/66 cm top circumference; 36 inches/91 cm bottom circumference; 13 inches/33 cm height; bottom edge to decrease round, 9 1/4 inches/23.5 cm.

    Materials-Yarn: fingering wt., 544 yards/498 meters total of two long-repeat colourways. MC: 332 yds/303.5 meters; CC: 212 yds/194 meters. ( I used Patons Kroy FX. Cadet for MC/2 skeins. Clay for CC/2 skeins, using only oz, or 46 yds/42 meters from the 2nd skein.)

    Needles: US 7/4.5mm circular. (Steel crochet hook for Russian joining/Rj, or use a tapestry needle.)

    Gauge-over 4 inches/10 cm: 27sts X 30 rows (Note: My tension firms towards neckline, and gauge changes.)

    Steampunk Directions: With 1 strand, on US 7/4.5mm needles, cable CO 204 sts. Join for working in round, do not twist. Use a marker to keep track of rounds (a long bobby pin works well). Begin rib pattern by K3 with MC, P3 with CC. You can work 1st round with single yarn for both the knit and purl sts , adding the 2nd yarn in round two, if easier. I did this with MC cadet/blue for the indigo cowl.

    Begin 12-6-3 rib repeat, starting with twelve rounds of ribbing. To maintain the staggered effect, keep the yarn you assign to the purl columns the same throughout.

    Rounds 1-12: K3, P3 (12 rib rounds)Rounds 13-14: Drop the CC, knit all sts. (Note: Drop the CC for all K only rows, picking up again for rib rounds)

    Rounds 15-20: P3, K3 (6 rib rounds)Rounds 21-22: knit

    Rounds 23-25: K3, P3 (3 rib rounds)Rounds 26-27: knit

    Begin second staggered and graduated rib section, starting with twelve rounds of ribbing. Rounds 28-39: P3, K3 (12 rounds)

  • Inspira Cowl .Steampunk version....2nd page....Rounds 40-41: knit

    Rounds 42-47: K3, P3 (6 rib rounds)Rounds 48-49: knit

    Rounds 50-52: P3, K3 (3 rib rounds)Rounds 53-54: knit

    Begin third staggered and graduated rib section, starting with twelve rounds of ribbing. Rounds 55-66: K3, P3 (12 rib rounds)Round 67: knit

    Round 68: Decrease 30 sts: k1, decrease by (k2tog, k5) 28 times, until there are 7 sts remaining in round, end by k2tog, k3, k2tog. Stitch count: begin round with 204 sts; decrease 30 sts; end round with 174 sts. (Note: Decreases do not maintain pattern. The next rib will at times merge with previous rib. That's one reason why this is an experiment/recipe, see? Use closely hued colours over those ribs before and after decrease round to minimize the pattern break.)

    Rounds 69-74: P3, K3 (6 rib rounds)Rounds 75-76: knit

    Rounds 77-79: K3, P3 (3 rib rounds)Rounds 80-81: knit

    Rounds 82-93: P3, K3 (12 rib rounds)BO in rib. (Note: You may want to drop and cut one of the yarns a few rounds before the end, as in Mesa rock or Afrique . I chose to BO in rib using both yarns. I wanted the effect of clean columns of colour, similar to crayons side-by-side. Using a single yarn for the BO would be like a cap, effectively putting a lid on the edge, and containing the sweep of line. Next time, I may double knit the twelve rounds final rib.)

    Finishing: Weave in ends. Block cowl in desired manner. I lightly stretch-blocked with my hands. Be careful to not block/stretch out the neck edge, to avoid it from ruffling. The neckline stands up better if left unblocked. Pop it on and head for the rails or trails.

  • Inspira Cowl .Afrique version

    Afrique is a play in three acts, the first being the most complex: Braid-like edge, followed by a Basketweave Rib, and ending with Afrique Rib. The cowl is knit from the bottom up, with a braid-like twined dark and light border, followed by a s