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Yellowstone Ear Warmers

Yellowstone Ear Warmers
Yellowstone Ear Warmers

The valleys surrounding the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming are home to a variety of wildlife typified in the American West. Wolves, mountain lions, lynx, big-horn sheep, elk, prong horn, mule deer, moose, and of course the mighty American bison roam the Yellowstone Valley and beyond. Snow comes early in the year and stays late, creating a powdery playground for the locals and visitors from around the world. Nordic skiing is a huge pastime in this area and hundreds of miles of trails are groomed for classic Nordic cross country skiing as well as Nordic skate skiing. The garter stitch construction of this ear warmer is so stretchy that it fits a medium woman’s head as well as an extra large man’s head! Knitted with 100% bison wool, everyone’s ears will be toasty warm even in below freezing conditions!

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SIZE
One size fits Women’s Medium – Men’s extra large
20″ circumference unstretched

MATERIALS
The Buffalo Wool Company Heaven DK [100% bison down; 200 yd per 50g skein]; color: natural; 1 skein (with enough left over to make the Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat!)

16 length-inch US #6/4mm circular needle

Notions-
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

PATTERN NOTES
This pattern is shaped using short rows. When working in garter stitch as opposed to stockinette, you have a few less steps!
For more help, I recommend this video by Drops Design

And/or this written tutorial
http://www.stolenstitches.com/tutorials/short-rows/garter-stitch-short-rows/

PATTERN
Cast on 105 stitches
Knit one row
Purl one row
Continue To work in garter stitch for 28 rows total
Begin short rows-
From beginning of round, count 43 stitches on either side and place one stitch marker on each side.
Knit to 1st marker, turn.
Knit to end of round marker, sm, then purl to next marker, turn
Purl to end of round marker, sm, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, turn
Knit to end of round marker, sm, purl to 2 stitches before next marker, turn
Purl to end of round marker, sm, knit to 4 stitches before next marker, turn
Knit to end of round marker, sm, purl to 4 stitches before next marker, turn
Purl to end of round marker, sm, knit to 6 stitches before next marker, turn
Knit to end of round marker, sm, purl to 6 stitches before next marker, turn
Purl to end of round marker, sm, knit to 8 stitches before next marker, turn
Knit to end of round marker, sm, purl to 8 stitches before next marker, turn
Purl to end of round marker, sm, knit to 10 stitches before next marker, turn
Knit to end of round marker, sm, purl to 10 stitches before next marker, turn
Purl to end of round marker, sm, knit to 12 stitches before next marker, turn
Knit to end of round marker, sm, purl to 12 stitches before next marker, turn
Purl to end of round marker, sm
Knit 1 round
Purl 1 round
Loosely bind off

FINISHING
With tapestry needle, weave in ends.
Enjoy wearing or gifting your new cozy ear warmers!

 

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