In J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, mithril is a very rare, strong but lightweight metal. The wizard Gandalf appraises Bilbo’s fine mithril coat (later inherited by Frodo) as “greater than the value of the whole Shire and everything in it.”
While you might not need the same protection as a hobbit on a long journey, surely a silvery lace cowl will provide some beauty along your own path. This pattern has two versions: a complex lace and cabled cowl, or a simpler lace and stockinette cowl.
Yarn: Any fingering-weight yarn that gives you proper gauge. Sample shown in: A Verb For Keeping Warm Creating [100% merino wool; 385yd per 100gr skein]; color: Asterix: 1 skein.
Gauge: 22 sts/28 rows = 4″ in stockinette
Needles: 1 set US #3/3.25mm 24” circular needle or size to get gauge
Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle, cable needle (complex version)
Simple version: Advanced beginner – Worked in the round with picot edges, simple lace and stockinette body.
Complex version: Intermediate – Worked in the round with picot edges, complex lace and cabled stitches.
Size/Finished measurements: One size fits most. Circumference is 28 inches (71 cm). Length is 11.5 inches (29 cm) (after blocking).
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