Happy January and checking in

Happy January and checking in

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and every good wish for 2021

What’s going on at Woolly?

Those of you who receive our email newsletter may know that I was unwell between Christmas and the New Year with suspected Norovirus. We won’t discuss it, you know what it is and we can just leave that in the past.

I’m back to full health and catching up with correspondence, working on some patterns and filled with hope for the coming year.

What’s on my needles/hooks?

I didn’t knit or crochet a single thing while I was unwell and it took me until the middle of January to really get back into the swing of things.

I finished another Ribbed for MY Pleasure Hat, to test the pattern again before sending it to the Tech Editor and having it proof read. The brim uses a provisional cast on and is folded inside the hat and worked together with the live stitches for a double thick brim. Links to how to do this will be included in the pattern.

Ribbed for MY Pleasure Hat pattern, hat laid flat on a wooden table, shown in James C Brett Woodlander yarn in colourway L9 blues, sand, light brown and cream.
Ribbed for MY Pleasure Hat knitted with James C Brett Woodlander in colourway L9 muted blues, sand and beach colours with cream and light browns.

Another hat was finished, knitted in a couple of evenings using Rowan Yarn Company Cashsoft Aran in light blue, it’s another Bay6 design featuring simple knits, purls and easy decreases to shape the crown and give it that quilted appearance.

I’m stuck for a name, I had thought A Girl’s Best Friend (for the diamonds). But maybe I should continue the theme and go with Quilted for MY Pleasure? What do you think?

Bay6 Quilted hat using Aran weight yarn in light blue.
Bay6 Quilted hat using Aran weight yarn in light blue.

I finished another hat before Christmas, as part of the Indie Design Gift Along, called The Big Crush by Faye Kennington, it’s a free pattern and is designed as a swatch for one of her sweater designs.

It’s a quick knit and I enjoyed the stranded colourwork. I also found this amazing pompom for the top.

The Big Crush Hat by Faye Kennington, shown in Japonica Pink for the main colour and light blue for the contrast with a pink faux fur pompom.
The Big Crush Hat, shown in japonica pink with blue colourwork band.

I am still working on Alameda by Clarice Gomes, it’s a lovely pattern and I really enjoyed it. The shawl will be fabulous and it’s a really enjoyable knit.

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I had the urge to knit socks – what is wrong with me?

I started with the James C Brett Woodlander and used leftovers of the L9 colourway to knit some basic dk weight vanilla socks, top-cuff-cown and really enjoyed knitting them.

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Basic Vanilla socks in dk yarn in beachy colours

I then cast on another pair, my friends think I’ve been replaced by an alien, but I am enjoying them. Another basic vanilla pair but using some West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley DK in a blue/teal colour, gifted by a good friend. Perfect for socks.

Basic socks knitted in Teal yarn, Aire Valley DK by West Yorkshire Spinners
Basic socks knitted in Teal yarn, Aire Valley DK by West Yorkshire Spinners

What’s next?

Well, I cast on some more socks, using Stylecraft Jeanie Aran in Denim Blue, the pattern is Ultimate Answer Socks by Mary E Rose Designs and I am loving them. Top-cuff-down and an easy knit, only one cable crossing per repeat, basic knits and purls and simple decreases/increases. Easy, well explained and I love them.

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns

Today on the blog I’m showing Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns. I’ll try and include a range of knit and crochet, knit first, crochet fans scroll down a bit or click this link to jump straight to the crochet goodness.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns – Knit Socks

Colorwork Roses Socks

by Aud Bergo

For colourwork fans, the perfect pair of traditional motif socks with a modern touch.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns - colorwork roses socks

Fairwyn socks

by Tracey Lee

A simple, classic and easy to knit design and they’re reversible.

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Ever True

by Kino Knits

Angles and colour combine in this amazing pair of socks.

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Margerie

by Alexandria Wenninger

More colourwork, but with a strong, modern pattern and clever use of self striping yarns.

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Crazy Christmas Socks

by Renée Kies

You had me at Crazy Christmas Socks….

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Doucet Winter socks

by KnitJoyz

Fabulous colour work socks filled with Christmas scenes and motifs.

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Dunbroch Socks

by Emma Sadler

Self patterning yarn does the yard work and you knit or add a few pretty eyelets, very fast knit for socks and super pretty.

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Happy Hoops

by Helen Gipson

A great way to use up leftover sock yarns, have fun with self striping for the colourwork or go with neutral solids for the man in your life.

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Sheep Shuffle Socks

by Sophie McKane

Colourwork and sheep, super cute!

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Antarctica Socks

by Artesanitarium Designs

Awesome cables adorn this lovely pair of socks undulating back and forth.

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Switch Point Socks

by Cynthia Levy

More cables, intertwined and mirrored, a clever design, suitable for men and women.

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Sock Patterns – Crochet Socks

Marguerite Socks

by Sylvie Damey

A quick gift to crochet with tall stitches and an afterthought heel. Look at the heel detail on these little beauties!

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Comfy Cuff Socks

by Fiona Langtry

Warm, cozy and slouchy socks to keep your tooties warm.

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Bûcheron Socks

by Sylvie Damey

A neutral and texture pair of socks for the men in your life, simple. classic and comfortable.

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Skittles Socks

by Maybe Katie Designs

Bobbles, rainbow stripes and cuteness over load.

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Wavy Coral Socks

by Petra Machová Kouřilová

Super cute socks and so pretty

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Tabatha Socks

by Lilia Vanini

Lace and pompoms, love it.

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All the above patterns are eligible to be made in the Indie Design Gift Along 2020 with lots of prizes, chat and fun. Join the group here and dive right in. You can also play along on Instagram and follow @indiegiftalong.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas

Today’s round up of Indie Design Gift Along 2020 a Crochet Christmas, includes tree ornaments, gifts, cloths, table centres, coasters, amigurumi and so much to look at.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas – Tree decorations and ornaments

Not a Christmas Mystery CAL

by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk

The called it “Not a Christmas” because Christmas is not here right now, and also because not everyone celebrates it. But nice crochet decorations will add a festive touch to every home. And “mystery” means you will not know what will be coming next week. The CAL will run for 4 weeks with a new pattern coming out every Friday. So in total we will make four decorations (or presents).

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas Not a Christmas Mystery CAL

Christmas Snowflake (4)

by Irina Mulyavko

This pretty, delicate snowflake will make a beautiful accent to your Christmas tree or any holiday decor! 

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Snefnug

by Lilinette Crochet

Snefnug means snowflake and what a pretty ornament for any celebration during the Winter.

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Christmas baubles

by Caitie Moore (Thoresby Cottage)

These cute crochet baubles would be a fun scrap busting project and you can make them to match the decor of your tree.

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Nutcracker and Christmas Friends

by Irina Mulyavko

Sizes availableNutcracker: 3.14 inches (8 cm) Gnome: 3.74 inches (9.5 cm) Gingerbread man: 2.75 inches (7 cm) Mouse: 3.54 inches (9.0 cm)

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Christmas Star

by Emma Wilkinson

The 2nd Day of the 12 days of Christmas – 2019 Yarnish Christmas CAL. Available as an individual purchase or as part of the 12 pattern ebook collection

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Christmas Mitten Garland

by Jennifer Percival

You could make this adorable crochet garland as a gift for a loved one, something they’ll treasure for years and is made with love.

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Christmas Trees for Tree

by Akua Lezli Hope AkuaDesigns

These are small, compact trees and as such, details make the difference. While initially conceived of as ornaments for light trees, they may serve as bookmarks, appliqués or embellishments, and be small toys if two are made sewn together and stuffed lightly.

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Snow Swells

by 10 Hours or Less

This adorable crochet bauble is a quick make and in high contrast colours is a real statement addition to your holiday decor.

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Starry Dream Hanging Ornament

by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk

Lots of pretty details to this star ornament, all explained with tutorials and photos, adorable.

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Peppermint Christmas Ornaments

by Rachy Newin

A fun decoration for your tree and quick to crochet.

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas – Tableware and mats

Christmas 2017 Mandala

by Agrarian Artisan

The Christmas 2017 Mandala was originally published as a CAL over the Christmas season 2017 but would make a lovely centre piece for your holiday table.

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Crystal Coaster or Christmas Motif

by Christa Veenstra

A pretty coaster, tree decoration or just a little mat for on the table.

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Star Christmas Pot Holder

by Lilia Vanini

A stunning pot holder and what a beautiful gift for someone special.

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Christmas Tree Centerpiece

by Darleen Hopkins

Super cute, this little tree is so pretty

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas – Wreaths

Christmas wreath gift tag

by Caitie Moore (Thoresby Cottage)

I only found one full size wreath in the Gift Along this year but these tiny gift tags are so cute I had to show you them.

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas – Nativity

Nativity Set

by Jennifer Percival

A crochet nativity and so sweet, I love the little details on this set.

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 A Crochet Christmas – Gifts

Christmas Washcloths

by Agrarian Artisan

This pattern includes 3 designs of washcloth which were designed for the 2020 Advent CAL. They are quick projects and ideal for last minute gifting.

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Christmas Elf Baby Bib

by Darleen Hopkins

Darleen has a beautiful range of baby bibs but this is my favourite, well right now, tomorrow it could be Santa.

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Amigurumi Reindeer – Marley

by Kate E. Hancock

Love, love, love this cute little reindeer

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Sleepy Stocking Stuffers

by Jennifer Percival

Adorable animals asleep in the stockings, who could resist?

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Ye Olde Christmas Stocking

by Connie Lee Lynch

I lovely take on the traditional stocking made with granny squares.

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December Mice

by Justyna Kacprzak

i know one of the GAL designers is making this for a relative who just moved home, isn’t it a great gift?

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Christmas Baby

by Lilia Vanini

Love the bright, festive colours in this little baby hat and bootie set.

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Mr. Gnome aka Santa, Wizard

by Darleen Hopkins

Crochet peeps, the gnomes have finally caught up with you!

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Freshwater

by Ms. Mal

A cute gift, easy to crochet and always handy

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Lotus Bud Spa Set

by Lilinette Crochet

Who doesn’t want a spa break right now after 2020? Love the delicate colours of this set.

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Headband Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Headband Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Headband Patterns

Today on the blog I’m showing Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Headband Patterns. I’ll try and include a range of knit and crochet, knit first, crochet fans scroll down a bit or click this link to jump straight to the crochet goodness.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Headband Patterns – Knit Headbands

Mozarab Headband

by Ranée Mueller

Knitted in sport weight yarn, this wave patterned headband is sizes from baby/toddler to adults. Make it in several colours or neutrals to match your outfits.

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My Favorite Cable Headband

by Snickerdoodle Knits

This bulky knit is a quick gift option and again, sized from baby to adult, it’ll work up fast on larger needles if you’re in a rush.

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Against Winter’s chill

by Fiona Hamilton-MacLaren

Knitted with DK Yarn and featuring a beautiful cable pattern with a garter border, this will be a lovely gift knit to make for a teen in their favourite colour.

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Brioche Headband

by Heather Anderson

This beautiful brioche headband features a pretty pattern and would be a good starter project for two colour brioche.

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If You Don’t Know

by Emma Sadler

A very fast gift knit using super bulky yarn and 10mm needles, it’ll fly off your needles and into the gift wrap before you know it.

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Hourglass Fall Headband

by Susan Gressman

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Invincible

by Ashleigh Wempe

Knitted with fingering weight yarn, this would be an ideal slow and relaxing project rather than a quick gift, but what a wonderful way to use up speckled or highly patterned yarns in colours you love.

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Cosmic Squid Head Band

by Loli Fox

Knitted with Aran weight yarn, it’ll certainly turn heads and WOW!

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Ponytail Peep

by Kirsten McTeer

This headband is designed for long-haired ponytail wearers. Now as well as having the option of ponytail over or ponytail under, you can choose ponytail through! 

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Dancing Aurora Headband

by Alexandria Wenninger

Pretty mosaic colourwork (easy peasy and such fun) adorn this headband, how can you resist?

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Fave Headband Patterns – Crochet Headbands

Bubbles and Waves Earwarmer

by Maybe Katie Designs

Crocheted in a bulky yarn and a very quick project, I love the bobble details and the feature button. A great stashbuster, last minute gift and fun for teens.

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Oxford Headband/Earwarmer & Flower

by Akua Lezli Hope AkuaDesigns

Crocheted in worsted weight, easy to size to fit your head and with a stunning flower embellishment to match your winter coat or outfit

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Intertwinement

by Akua Lezli Hope AkuaDesigns

Crocheted with a strand of fingering/4ply and dk weight held together, to give an interesting marl effect, or even add a bit of sparkle for some unexpected bling.

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Crùnan (Little Crowns)

by Ms. Mal

Okay, you got me, it’s a crown, not a headband. Perfect for your little princess or when the Diva in you needs to show herself.

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Cedar Point Set

by Michele DuNaier

One skein of Lion Brand Scarfie makes this crocheted cowl and headband set! Both pieces are made using hdc through back-loop-only for thickness with drape – soft, warm, cozy and quick to crochet.

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The headband is folded under at top and bottom edges for extra warmth and to allow insertion of elastic bands for a guaranteed fit even after many wearings.

Both items can be made for smaller sizes to fit a child – instructions are easily adapted to the size you wish.

Pebbled Headband

by Cassandra Bibler

This pattern was designed to form functional and stylish. The textured cluster stitches provide depth and extra warmth, while the relatively simple construction make it beginner friendly. Sized toddler to adult.

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The Op Shop Headband

by Emma Wilkinson

Crocheted with Aran weight.

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Butterfly Headband

by Rachel Beth

9 sizes are included, from premie to adult. The headband is approximately 1” wide. The butterfly is approximately 2 ½” wide.

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Perfect Picnic Headband

by Ruth Brasch

This headband is the perfect accessory to help keep your hair out of your eyes while you’re on a summer adventure!
It’s size adjustable, so it will work for all ages

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All the above patterns are eligible to be made in the Indie Design Gift Along 2020 with lots of prizes, chat and fun. Join the group here and dive right in. You can also play along on Instagram and follow @indiegiftalong.

Captivating Cathedral Cowl Pattern Released, don’t miss it

Captivating Cathedral Cowl Pattern Released, don’t miss it

Captivating Cathedral Cowl Pattern Released, don’t miss it

The Cathedral Cowl Pattern Released today has a 15% discount with the code Cathedral, but if you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’ll get an exclusive code for 30% off the cowl and the matching hat. For 15% off right now, use code Cathedral

You can purchase here in our online shop, our Ravelry Store or our Payhip Store.

Have a look at our fabulous Test Knitters projects here on Ravelry.

The gothic arch cables give an architectural twist to a simple accessory, available in two widths but with instructions on how to make wider or narrower, the Cathedral cowl is a great unisex garment. Make it in a neutral colour for men and go with your Wow colours for ladies.

The cowl is knitted in the round and worked bottom up, the cables are easy to follow and every other row is just knit the knits, purl the purls, very easy. The yarn I used is available in our store and is machine washable on a wool wash.

Launch offer 15% off the Cathedral Cowl pattern with code Cathedral, offer ends 16th November at midnight GMT.

Newsletter subscribers will get a code for 30% off the hat and the cowl in an email later today with a reminder a couple of days later, so you don’t miss the code, you can sign up here

About this design – I wanted to make a cabled Cowl and was inspired by the gothic arches of cathedrals used in the design of my Cathedral Cables Hat. The upper and lower borders are knitted in a simple rib pattern.

Measurements
Size based on 5mm/US8 needles for body of cowl
Slimmer Cowl Size 1 Wider Cowl Size 2
Circumference unblocked, it will stretch when worn and during blocking for wool yarns.
22 inch/56cm (33 inch/84cm ) circumference
Height of cowl
9 inches / 22.5 cm, 9 inches / 22.5 cm
Yardage – 210-340 yds

Written instructions
The cowl is worked in the round using either circular needles or double pointed needles (dpns) and worked bottom up. Instructions are charted and written line by line.

Cathedral Cowl Pattern Gallery

Enchanting Evergreen Cowl Pattern Released, don’t miss it

Enchanting Evergreen Cowl Pattern Released, don’t miss it

Enchanting Evergreen Cowl Pattern Released, don’t miss it

Enchanting Evergreen Cowl Pattern Released, don’t miss the launch discount which runs out at midnight on 30th October. You can get 25% off the pattern and also the matching hat with code evergreen

You can purchase here in our online shop, our Ravelry Store or our Payhip Store.

Have a look at our fabulous Test Knitters projects here on Ravelry.

The diamond cable pattern features cables, a texture pattern in the centre of the diamonds and a reverse stocking stitch background to make the cables pop. It matches our Evergreen Hat pattern. It’s a quick knit worked in the round from the bottom up.

A note on sizing:
The cable pattern itself is VERY stretchy, as is the ribbing with this yarn. It will easily fit between a 17 inch neck circumference and up to a 23 inches, you can add pattern repeats to make the cowl wider and I have included instructions for that. The smallest size will be a neat fit on my Dad who has a 25 inch head circumference but the 2nd or 3rd sizes worked very well on him.

Tension/Gauge:
Lightly Stretched Ribbing: 20sts x 32 rows = 4in/10cm sq
Ribbing Unstretched: 32 sts x 32 rows = 4in/10cm sq
Body of Cowl using larger needles in cable pattern unstretched: 16sts x 27 rows = 2.25in x 4in/5.5cm x 10cm
20st x 28 rows using 4mm needles and dk yarn in stocking stitch

Measurements
Size 1 18-22 inches, 46-59cm
Size 2 22-26 inches, 56-66cm
Size 3 26-30 inches, 56-76
Body Circumference
Unstretched 18 inches/43cm 22.5 inches/57cm 27 inches/68.5cm
Rib Circumference
Unstretched 17.5 inches/33cm 22 inches/56cm 26.5 inches/67cm
Height of cowl 11 inches/28cm or 7 inches/18cm for shorter cowl for all sizes

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