Gather Round cowl

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Use the gather stitch, in the round, to create this cowl with puckers and pleats a-plenty! The gather stitch has long been on my list of simple stitches with lovely effects. By doubling the stitch count, working a few rows, then decreasing back and working a couple rows, the fabric puckers up in gathers, creating a cozy cowl. Despite the simplicity of the stitch, I found the gauge nearly impossible to measure — so close enough is close enough — and so I’ve left some wiggle room with the yardage, in the hopes you won’t need to play yarn chicken.

Yarn: Wonderland Yarns “Mad Hatter Blossom” sport weight, 100% superwash merino: 344 yds/4 oz skein , shown in limited edition colorway: “Madagascan Sunset Moth”

Needles & Notions: US size 6/4 mm 24" circular needles (or size required to get gauge), stitch marker to indicate start of round, darning needle

Gauge: 16 sts & 24 rounds = 4"/10 cm in gather pattern, measured at a purl row (gauge is approximate)

Measurements: longer: (shown) 41"/ 104 cm around, 7"/ 18 cm tall; taller: 32"/ 81 cm around, 9"/ 23 cm tall

Notes: Here’s a photo tutorial of the RLI (right lifted increase)