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Learn to Knit the Lady’s Mantle Cowl by Lily Kate France

The Lady’s Mantle is a great project for the knitter who is just starting out and is ready for a small project to learn some new techniques.

Designed by Lily Kate France, a designer based here in the North of England, Lady’s Mantle is the cosiest of neck warmers knit in our chunky Tundra yarn.

The cowl has a radial yoke shape, worked from the top-down like the round yoke of a roll-neck sweater. Lily France designed this cowl with short rows to dip the front and back, creating a cosy capelet shape.

Lady’s Mantle has a wealth of techniques used to create the modern, minimal knit: multiple types of increases, knitting a piece seamlessly in the round, working German Short Rows, and working an i-cord cast off, there is much to learn here for a new knitter.

And for us, it is a perfect opportunity to collect together knitting tutorials in one place to help guide knitters through new techniques, or as a reminder for those more experienced knitters. Some of these tutorials we have created, some have been created by others, but they are all here to make it easy for you to work through Lady’s Mantle with all the help you need.

A great demonstration for using circular needles and joining in the round from Webs:

A short and sweet explanation of the M1L increase, used to increase the ‘turtle neck’ to the full circumference of the yoke:

How to knit 2 together through the back loop, which you will need during your I-cord cast off:

How to increase one stitch purlwise, a.k.a. M1LP, used to increase the ‘turtle neck’ to the full circumference of the yoke:

You will need to know how to work German Short Rows to shape the curving edges of the cowl, demonstrated here by our friends at Purl Soho:

And finally a post on how to finish it all off with an  i-cord cast off from Knit Purl Hunter: 

The Almanac Series is based on the original farmer’s Almanac guide to the seasons, this collection acts as a seasonal guide to knitting with The Fibre Co. and celebrates each month of the year with an ascribed Yarn of the Month, paired with a new design launch in that yarn. This year’s series has a theme of herbalism. In the first half of this year’s series, we cover the Autumn Winter season, where each month’s yarn has been specifically chosen for its qualities to compliment colder conditions in the northern hemisphere.  Lady’s Mantle was launched in December.

If you haven’t cast on for the Lady’s Mantle KAL, it is not too late! The KAL will run throughout January and being a relatively small project, you can join us any time and still finish by 31st January. Join us on Instagram by sharing your works-in-progress with #ladysmantleKAL (and tag us @thefibrecompany so we don’t miss your photo!) or  in The Fibre Co. Ravelry group, or in The Fibre Co. knitting and crochet group on Facebook.

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