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Fouilloy Set

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A thirteenth-century bestiary volume provided the inspiration for this elaborate-looking accessory
set. Much is unknown about the manuscript, including its talented scribe, but it is of Franco-
Flemish origin, was made circa 1270, and the author is Hugo of Fouilloy.
Note: This pattern set is part of a collection of accessories built around a theme of medieval illumination. You can purchase the patterns individually or as an entire collection: Whitework: Accessories inspired by medieval illumination

Skills required
  • Knitting, purling
  • Increasing, decreasing
  • Stranded knitting flat and in the round
  • Chart reading
  • Working in the round with DPNs (alternatives: two circulars or the magic loop method)
Size information

Cowl: small[medium, large]
All sizes 9.5" high
  • small: 22" around
  • medium: 32" around
  • large: 60" around
Mittens: small[medium, large]
  • small: 6.25" around hand
  • medium: 6.75" around hand
  • large: 7" around hand
To fit around the hand with about 5% negative ease.


One size, 4.5" x 23.5"; multiple buttonholes and buttons make it adjustable to wearer

Sizes shown are small cowl and medium mittens.

Yarn requirements

Fingering weight yarn
  • Main colour: approximately 200[275,530]yds for cowl, mittens 115[130,150]yds, earband 90yds
  • Contrast colour: approximately 135[190,365]yds for cowl, mittens 85[95,115]yds, earband 60yds
Other materials needed
  • Cowl: 16[29, 47]" circular needle
  • Mittens: Either a set of 2.5mm DPNs or (for two circulars) two 16" circulars, or (for magic loop) 32" or longer circular
  • Earband: 29" or longer circular needle and 1 DPN
  • (cowl, mittens) Stitch marker
  • (mittens) 6" long spare length of yarn
  • (earband) Safety pin
  • (earband) 3 half-inch diameter buttons
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

39 sts and rows to 4" in stranded pattern after blocking
You will get a PDF (772KB) file

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