Pattern: Vaquero
Suggested Yarn: Louet MerLin Worsted (small size) or Sport (large size)
Suggested Needle Size: US #9 or #5
Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vaquero

Vaquero is an unusually constructed cowl with a bandanna-like point.

For the first 19 years of my life, I thought I didn’t care for Westerns. Then I met my husband, and he forced me, Clockwork Orange style, to watch Westerns movies and read Western stories until I loved them. When we had our first baby, we took him to the Autry Museum of the American West, where we all fell in love with the West a little more.

Knitted for my cowboys, Vaquero is simple and classic with lines of slipped stitches and two edging options. Designed for two different yarn weights, Vaquero is incredibly easy to modify; any stitch pattern could be inserted.

SIZE
Small [Large]

MEASURES:
Circumference: 20 [22] inches
Length: 5 [7] inches at center back, 12 [15] inches at point

YARN
Small: 1 skein Louet MerLin Worsted “Golden Rod”
(70% merino, 30% linen; 156 yards per 100 g skein)
Large: 1 skein Louet MerLin Fine “Caribou”
(70% merino, 30% linen; 250 yards per 100 g skein)

NEEDLES
Small: US #9 24-inch circular
Large: US #5 24-inch circular
Or needle size to obtain gauge
Both: 24-inch circular needle 2 sizes smaller than main needle

GAUGE
Small: 16 sts and 22 rows equal 4 inches in st st
Large: 22 sts and 30 rows equal 4 inches in st st

OTHER MATERIALS
Tapestry needle
5-7 stitch markers in various colors
1 end-of-round marker (eor m)
2 [4] pattern markers (m)
2 center stitch markers (cm)

Technical Editing by Joeli Caparco