When my eldest was in grade four, I wanted to knit her teacher a cowl, but was stumped as to what sort of pattern to put on it. I decided to turn to the teacher’s Chinese heritage for ideas, and Googled around a bit to see what I could find. What I discovered was an absolute treasure trove of gorgeous inspiration and stunning artistry: “Jianzhi”, the Chinese art of papercutting, traditionally done with red paper and displayed with a white background.
Adapting one of the background designs I found into knitting gave me a great motif, and this cowl is the end result. It uses the double knitting technique to make an accessory which is not only reversible, but double-thick; sure to keep you warm even on a freezing day!
- Working in the round
- Chart reading
- Double knitting know-how (explained in pattern)
Adult - one size fits all. Finished measurements: 25” circumference, 8.5” height.
Approximately 155 yards of each colour
Other materials needed
- 3.75mm circular needle, 20" long
- 5mm needle, for bind-off
- Stitch marker
34 sts (17 per side) and 25 rows = 4” in double knitting stocking stitch on 3.75mm needles