Knitty: little purls of wisdom
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Inspiration for this design came from the stylized shapes and strong symmetry of the art deco movement. The bold lines of my version of the iconic Empire State with its rhythmic repeats invokes the jazz influenced feel of the era. Rich, vibrant colors and distinctive yet simple graphics, make up this fun and unique design.

With instructions for either an infinity scarf or a standard cowl, this knit is not only a stylish statement accessory to add to your wardrobe but also a piece to keep you warm in the cooler months.

This colorwork piece is knit in The Plucky Knitter's Traveler Aran. So if the colorwork graphics alone don't inspire you, The Plucky Knitter's amazing hand-dyed palette will!

spacer model: Brandi Meyers and Dani Cianek
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Cowl[Infinity Scarf]
(cowl shown above right, infinity scarf shown above left)

Depth: 8.5[8.5] inches
Circumference: 28[56] inches



The Plucky Knitter, Traveler Aran [65% Merino, 20% Silk, 15% Yak; 220yd/201m per 115g skein]
spacer [MC]: Morticia[Fat Fish Blue]; 2[3] skeins
spacer [CC]: Oatmeal[Buzz Lighter]; 1[2] skeins

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer 1 US7/4.5mm 16 inch circular needle + extra set of needles same size for grafting

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spacer waste yarn
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22 sts and 22 rounds = 4 inches in stranded colorwork, after blocking

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

This design is knit in the round, using a provisional cast on.

Finishing work includes grafting live stitches using the Kitchener stitch.

Gauge for one-color and two-color knitting can vary. Because there are sections of this pattern knit with one color and sections knit with two colors, it is important to check your gauge to ensure accurate sizing. You may need to adjust needle size when knitting with one color versus two colors. Remember blocking will help even out your stitches, so block those gauge swatches too! All this considered, if your gauge does vary between 1-color and 2-color knitting, you can either adjust your needle size as necessary or you can choose to see this variation in gauge as a design element. The choice is yours!

The chart for this pattern is very large and fits on a letter-sized page.
Click here and print the resulting page.


With waste yarn, CO 96 sts using provisional CO.
Place marker and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.

Work rows 1-71 of Chart 1[3] times, then work rows 1-70 once more.


Weave in ends from knitting the body.

Very carefully unravel provisional CO and place live sts on extra set of needles.

Using CC, graft your CO and live sts together using the Kitchener stitch.

Weave in grafted ends and block.


designernamespacer Jill Zielinski, aka Knitterella®, is a graphic designer with a passion to knit. Through the two she launched in 2003 and has been having a blast designing stationery and gift items for knitters and crafters ever since.

In 2011, Jill entered the world of knitwear design. With the launch of her first pattern, she found a love for creating stylish, unique and simply constructed designs. Finding yet another way to combine her passions, Jill enjoys taking her original graphics and transforming them into colorwork for knitting.

Jill is also the owner of where she specializes in offering "Graphic Design Services for a Knitter, by a Knitter."

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