Hypotenuse by Olga Buraya-Kefelian


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December 2017
yarn held together
+ Fingering
= DK (11 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in hypotenuse pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
955 yards (873 m)
One size; 8.5" tall x 43" circumference
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December 1, 2017
Newly Updated Pattern! Hypotenuse cowl now includes detailed instructions on how to graft it in pattern, and it now also includes a chart and additional tips.

The longest side of a right triangle, opposite the right angle. Knit with two strands of Staccato held together and a tight textured stitch pattern, this cowl is bouncy and resilient. The silken right triangles catch the light in an endlessly interesting way. Knit flat and grafted to form a seamless loop, Hypotenuse is an excellent way to learn some new techniques while creating an eye-catching origami-like accessory.


Width 8.5”
Circumference 43”

Shibui Staccato (70% superwash merino, 30% silk; 191yds /50g)
5 skeins
Sample shown in Ash

OR 900 yds of other fingering weight yarn (held double stranded)
OR 450 yds of worsted weight yarn (held single stranded)

US 7 (4.5 mm) needles

Working Gauge
27 sts and 34 rows = 4” in Hypotenuse pattern with two strands of yarn held together, measured before washing and blocking

Blocked Gauge
26 sts and 34 rows = 4” in Hypotenuse pattern with two strands of yarn held together, measured after washing and blocking.
NOTE: This cowl is best left unblocked to preserve the texture. Only wash it when you must.

Crochet hook size G (4 mm) or H (5 mm)
Spare needle in same size or smaller
Waste yarn in similar weight
Tapestry needle

Hold two strands of Staccato together throughout.
Yarn overs worked on RS are knit twisted on the WS.

Errata for printer version only from 2012
Row 11 should read: K1, * K1, K2tog, yo, p5, * k1.

Originally published as part of Geometry Collection by Shibui Knits in August 2012.