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Silver Dragon Cowl Digital Knitting Pattern

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The Silver Dragon Cowl was inspired by the texture and image of overlapping dragon scales. It’s designed to be adjustable – you can let it hang, or wrap it around your neck twice for a snugger fit! 

Originally Published in in Knit Now Issue 109, which can be purchased as a digital back issue via PocketMags (These are affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you make a purchase - there's no extra cost to you!)

The Yellow Sample was knit in Wool is the Answer's Hand Dyed 4 ply Superwash Merino
and Donegal Nep in "Mustard" and is shown in Size M.   Grey Sample is knit in Knit Picks Paragon (sadly now discontinued) in "Silver" and is shown in Size L.

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Pattern Notes:

The cowl is knit in the round from bottom to top. The edges will have a natural slight curl to them, even after blocking, because of the nature of the lace.

When looking for a substitute yarn, any fingering or sport weight yarn would substitute well, I’d suggest a wool or wool-blend yarn.

Note that gauge and yarn weight are both flexible for this pattern, though it will change the appearance and/or size of the finished object, as well, as the amount of yarn required.

This pattern has written instructions, and the stitch pattern is both written and charted. This pattern also has an accessible large print option that is compatible with screen-reading software. This option includes only the written instruction.

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Circumference: 31, (34, 39) inches, (78.5, 86.5, 99) cm.
Height: 7.5 inches (19 cm),  adjustable

Materials Required:
207 (245, 282) yards /189 (224, 258 ) meters of sport or fingering-weight yarn.

4  mm /US 6 needles for working in the round:
1 24 inch (60 cm) or 32 inch (80 cm) circular needle.

tapestry needle
1 stitch marker

Gauge for Pattern:
19 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches (10 cm square) in Silver Dragon Lace Pattern.

Techniques Used:
long-tail cast on
increases: yo
decreases: cdd (centered double decrease)

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Newest Update: December 30, 2022

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Photography: Stephanie Wallace

Image Descriptions:

1) A woman wearing a yellow lace cowl flecked with black, knit in a fingering-weight yarn.
2 and 3) A fingering-weight cowl done in lace and garter stitch laying over a plastic toy dragon.
4) someone wearing a grey knit lace cowl in a scalloped lace pattern.
5)  A close up of a lace and garter-stitch chevron pattern, knit in fingering-weight wool
6) a close up of a scalloped knit lace pattern done in silver-grey yarn.
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