Since I began creating my shawl-cowls, I'd always had it in mind to make one a little bigger than the rest -- more squishy, more substantial, and in a worsted-weight yarn at least...something that one could pull up around the neck and really cuddle up in. Which I realize is a little weird to release when it's still in the 100's here and just looking at these photos makes me sweat....but fall really is just around the corner, and you'll want one of these ready when those temps start dropping!
Coppelia is a substantial shawl-cowl hybrid done up in gorgeous Plucky Knitter Traveler Aran with pretty stripes and simple construction. It begins as a semi- circular shawl but is joined to work in the round to create a cowl with the appearance of a shawl wrapped a few times around the neck. Simple, clean Stockinette stripes knit up quickly in two skeins of a worsted or aran weight yarn, and an i-cord bind off nicely finishes the bottom edge. Pretty and soft around the neck, Coppelia can also be pulled down over the shoulders in chillier climes. Note that Coppelia comes in just one size, but the width can easily be altered by changing the number of stitches added in the increase rows after joining to work in the round.
Finished measurements: 21.5”/ 54.5 cm circumference at top opening; 21”/ 53.5 cm height at center; 39”/ 99 cm circumference at bottom opening
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Traveler Aran (55% Extra Fine Superwash Merino, 20% Mulberry Silk, 15% Yak; 220 yds/ 201 m per 115g); 1 skein in Rapunzel (gold) for MC and 1 skein in Plie (pink) for CC
Or, 220 yds/ 200 m each of two colors of worsted or aran weight yarn
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 16-24”/ 40-60 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
Meeting this exact gauges is not crucial, but any major differences will affect the size of the finished cowl.
For more information on Coppelia, you can check it out on Ravelry here. And if you'd like to knit along with others and/or share photos, come join the Coppelia discussion in my Ravelry group, The Yarniad's Symposium.