Gyre is a soft, squishy cowl, worked in the round using stranded colourwork. The resulting fabric is thicker and cushier than regular stockinette fabric, especially once the lining is added. Pattern includes instructions for an unlined version with I-cord cast on and bind off and a reversible, lined version with reverse stockinette edging invisibly seamed to the provisional cast on with Kitchener stitch. The I-cord edging and jogless barber pole stripe technique (used for the lining) are explained in the pattern, which also includes links to tutorials on Kitchener stitch and the open provisional cast on.

Finished size: Lined: 21″/53 cm circ, 8.5″/21.5 cm long; Unlined: 21″/53cm circ, 9″/23 cm long

Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino (51%silk, 49% merino; 150 yds/137 m per 50g) MC (Smoke): 1 skein (2 for lined); CC (Cloudy Sky): 1 skein

Needles: Both versions: US6/4 mm 24″/60cm circular needle or size needed for gauge. For lined version: + US4/3.5 mm 24″/60 cm circular needle. For unlined version: + 1 DPN US6/4 mm or smaller

Gauge: 25 stitches and 26.5 rows = 4 inches/10cm in stranded colourwork

PDF pattern download: $7 USD

Photos © Gale Zucker 2015

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