*guardian elk*

The Nordic Rune for elk is Algiz . It means protection. I’ve always been inspired by this rune and the idea of elk being protective animals. We see them wandering in giant majestic herds here in Colorado. Every time I see them I feel awe and peace.
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Pattern Details:

Owl Experience Level: Intermediate

Sizes: One size – fits head with 22-25” circumference.
There is a LOT of snug & stretch in this!

Finished measurements measured flat:  10 inches at the rib x 13 inches high brim unfolded.

Yarns used: Chunky weight yarn such as: Rowan Cocoon, 100 g – 126 yds – 115 m, 80% wool, 20% mohair.  1 skein of each of the following colors:
MC:801 Polar (cream)
CC1:802 Alpine (grey)
CC2:802 Crag (dark brown)

Tension/gauge: Work 14 sts and 16 rows to measure 4×4” in Stranded stockinette stitch in the round using US 10.5 or 6.5 mm needles with Bulky/chunky yarn.

A pair of US 10 (6 mm) circular needles 24 long,
A pair of US 10.5 (6.5 mm) circular needles 24 long,
A set of US 10.5 (6.5mm) dpns,
stitch markers, tapestry needle, 5 inch circle of faux-fur, sewing needle & heavy-duty thread, a pinch of polyester stuffing and an x-acto knife. Remember needle sizes are just suggestions, always use needles you personally need to obtain gauge.

Tiny owl stitch dictionary: (a list of terms used in this pattern)

beg:  beginning
CC 1:  contrasting color 1
CC 2:  contrasting color 2
dec:  decrease(s)
dpns:  double pointed needles
foll:  follows/following
k2tog:knit the next two stitches together.
MC:  main color
pm:  place marker
rm:remove marker
(RS): right side
sl:  slip
sm:  slip marker
St st: stockinette/stocking stitch. k a row, purl a row.
st(s):  stitch(es)
(WS):wrong side 

Pattern notes:
This cozy elk parade is knitted using stranded intarsia. That means you will carry both yarns along with you as you knit and alternate colors according to the chart directions. If you carry your floating yarn for more than 5 stitches you will need to wrap the float. If you are new to stranded knitting, google stranded knitting videos for tips! I recommend googling “Marly Bird’s stranded knitting video.” It’s AWESOME and exactly how I do it. ps. here is a link to marly birds video: ♥ CLICK ♥

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