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Sweet Distraction is a fingering-weight cowl featuring a cascade of simple, tulip-shaped lace. When knitted in a gradient set or yarn, it becomes an irresistible project — it’s just so much fun watching those colors change!

Knitted from the top down, this piece begins as a semi-circular shawl. When the top edge is wide enough, the stitches are joined in the round to finish as a cowl. This shaping creates a cowl that has the soft drape and look of a shawl and is easy to style, too.

Because this is a quick knit, it won’t distract you from your other projects for long … and it is perfect for gift knitting.

Instructions are fully written, with optional charts for the lace.

Circumference at top opening: 19”/48 cm for both sizes
Circumference at bottom opening: 34”/86 cm for both sizes
Height at center front: 16”/41 cm for size S; 17”/43 cm for size L
Height at center back: 8”/20 cm for size S; 9”/23 cm for size L

Yarn Requirements
For size S: 328 yds/300 m of fingering-weight yarn
For size L: 365 yds/334 m of fingering-weight yarn

If using a gradient set, you will need five colors for size S and six colors for size L, as follows:

Color A: 120 yds/110 m
Color B: 33 yds/30 m
Color C: 35 yds/32 m
Color D: 35 yds/32 m
Color E: 105 yds/96 m for size S; 37 yds/34 m for size L
Color F: 105 yds/96 m for size L only

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