Cowls

Fading Memories Cowl

This tapered cowl was designed for the 2022 Longest Day event sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org)–an annual fundraiser that takes place on the summer solstice.

For every pattern sold, $5 will be donated to Alzheimer’s research.

The stitch pattern consists of expanding cables separated by eyelet lace that represents convoluted memories and lost awareness. The dark-to-light gradient represents how those afflicted with Alzheimer’s become ghosts of their former selves. Both row-by-row and charted instructions are provided.

Worked in rounds, this small top-down cowl widens from the cast-on edge to the bind-off edge to for a type of loose collar. The yarn is one skein of Fiber Optic Yarns Split Unified Gradient Kashmir (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 255 yards [233 meters]/65 grams) in the colorway Smoke Stacks.

Finished Size: About 19 1/4″ (49 cm) circumference at top, 26″ (66 cm) circumference at bottom, and 7″ (18 cm) tall with edges allowed to roll.

Yarn: Fiber Optic Yarns Split Unified Gradient Kashmir (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 255 yards [233 meters]/65 grams): 1 skein Smoke Stacks. The cowl shown used nearly the entire skein of yarn.

Needles: Size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm): 16″ (40 cm) circular.

Notions: Stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle.

Gauge: 12 1/2 stitches = 2″ (5 cm) in cable and lace pattern at start of cowl (12-stitch repeat) and 14 stitches = 2″ (5 cm) in cable and lace pattern at end of cowl (18-stitch repeat), both worked in rounds. Exact gauge isn’t crucial but will affect the finished size and drape.

Wee Cluster Cowl

This delicately textured cowl features the Daisy Stitch from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker, which is formed by working groups of three stitches together every other round. Because it’s easier to purl 3 stitches together than to knit 3 stitches together, the cowl is worked with the “wrong” side facing outward. However, both sides are attractive for a reversible cowl.

The super soft yarn used here is Super Silky (80% superwash merino, 20% silk) from Emma’s Yarn in the Sweet Magnolia colorway. The cowl shown used less than 85% of a skein, so it’s possible to make the cowl larger by adding 4stitch or 4-row repeats.

Both row-by-row and charted instructions are provided.

The cowl shown measures about 25″ (63.5 cm) in circumference and 7 1/2″ (19 cm) tall.

A Year of Patterns

I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions (too much pressure), but I do find myself reflecting on my accomplishments at the end of each year. I posted nine (9!) projects on website and I’d like to celebrate that with you.

From now until midnight Sunday, January 5, you can receive 30% off the Ravelry purchase price of all of my 2019 patterns. Use the code 9in2019 when you check out with any (or all) of the following patterns.

1.Aubrey Cardigan                       2.Beach Cusps Cowl                       3.Dalton Cardigan

 

4.Florentine Filigree Cowl     5.Junior Goat Herder Pullover       6.La Jolla Shores Cowl

 

7.Mont Tremblant Cowl       8.Port Townsend Swing Cardi           9.Walker Baby Blanket

La Jolla Shores Cowl

Designed for my Fall 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in La Jolla, California, The La Jolla Shores Cowl features yarnover increases and directional decreases in a modified Old Shale pattern. To me, the scalloped pattern represents clusters of flowers, which are all so abundant in Southern California.

The pattern repeats over 17 stitches and 12 rounds and is easy to memorize if markers are placed at the end of every 17-stitch repeat.

The fingering weight yarn is a luxurious blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon in a bright pink colorway specially dyed for the retreat participants by Yarning For You, located in nearby San Marcos, California.

Both charted and written instructions are provided.

Use the code LAJOLLA to receive 20% off the Ravelry purchase price of La Jolla Shores Cowl between now and midnight Mountain Standard Time on Friday, October 18, 2019.

La Jolla Shores Cowl

Designed for my Fall 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in La Jolla, California, this cowl features yarnover increases and directional decreases in a modified Old Shale pattern. To me, the scalloped pattern represents clusters of flowers, which are all so abundant in Southern California.

The pattern repeats over 17 stitches and 12 rounds and is easy to memorize if markers are placed at the end of every 17-stitch repeat.

The yarn is a luxurious blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon in a bright pink colorway specially dyed for the retreat participants by Yarning For You, located in nearby San Marcos, California.

Both charted and written instructions are provided.

A New Cowl Pattern

Designed for my Fall 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, The Mont Tremblant Cowl features cables and directional decreases in a diagonal pattern that makes me think of ski and snowboard trails in the snow.

The relatively simple pattern repeats over18 stitches and 6 rounds. The yarn, a delightful DK-weight blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% silk was specially dyed by Canadian dyer Julie Asselin in a colorway inspired by the blue water of Lac Tremblant and named Knit For Fun.

Both charted and written instructions are provided.

Use the code TREMBLANT to receive 20% off the Ravelry purchase price of Mont Tremblant Cowl between now and midnight Mountain Standard Time on Friday, August 30, 2019.

Mont Tremblant Cowl

Designed for my Fall 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, this cowl features cables and directional decreases in a diagonal pattern that makes me think of ski and snowboard tracks in the snow. The relatively simple pattern repeats over 18 stitches and 6 rounds and is easily memorized. The yarn, a delightful DK-weight blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% silk was specially dyed by Canadian dyer Julie Asselin in a colorway inspired by the blue water of Lac Tremblant and called “Knit For Fun.”

Both charted and written instructions are provided.

To change the circumference of the cowl, add or subtract cast-on stitches in multiples of 18. Every 18 stitches added or subtracted will change the circumference by about 2 3/4″ (7 cm). You may need more yarn if you make the cowl larger.

To change the height of the cowl, add or subtract multiples of the 6-round pattern. Every 6 rounds added or subtracted will change the height by about 3/4″ (2 cm). You may need more yarn if you make the cowl taller.

For easier knitting, place a marker after every 18-stitch repeat.

Beach Cusps Cowl

I’ve added a new cowl pattern on Ravelry.

Designed for my Spring 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in Freeport, Maine, this lacy cowl is named for the cuspate deposits of beach material created by wave action along shorelines. The rolled cast-on and bind-off edges and scallops in the modified Old Shale stitch pattern mimic rippling waves, the eyelets are reminiscent of sea foam, and the garter ridges represent undulating deposits of seaweed, shells, and sea glass.

The yarn is a luxurious blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon in a specially dyed Sea Glass colorway by Maine’s own Seven Sisters Arts.

Worked in the round, the pattern repeats over 18 stitches and 10 rounds.

Use the code BEACH to receive 20% off the purchase price of Beach Cusps Cowl on Ravelry between now and midnight Saturday, June 29.

Beach Cusps Cowl

Designed for my Spring 2019 Knit For Fun Retreat in Freeport, Maine, this lacy cowl is named for the cuspate deposits of beach material created by wave action along shorelines. The rolled cast-on and bind-off edges and scallops in the modified Old Shale stitch pattern mimic rippling waves, the eyelets are reminiscent of sea foam, and the garter ridges represent undulating deposits of seaweed, shells, and sea glass.

The yarn is a luxurious blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon in a specially dyed Sea Glass colorway by Seven Sisters Arts. Worked in the round, the pattern repeats over 18 stitches and 10 rounds.

The cowl shown used all but a couple yards (meters) of one skein of the chosen yarn.

To make a cowl with a larger or smaller circumference, add or subtract stitches from the cast-on in multiples of 18. Every 18 stitches added or subtracted will change the circumference by about 31/4” (8.5 cm). You will need more yarn if making a larger cowl.

To make a taller or shorter cowl, add or subtract multiples of the 10-round pattern before working Rnds 1–3 to finish. Every 10 rounds added or subtracted will change the height by about 11/4” (3.2 cm). You will need more yarn if making a taller cowl.

Florentine Filigree Cowl

Designed for the Lambs On The Run trip to Italy in March of 2019, this lacy cowl takes inspiration from Italian art and architecture. The stitch pattern is Roman Stripe from Barbara Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, while the colorway is Italian Marble, specially dyed for this project by Theodora’s Pearls.

The cowl is worked in the round in a reversible pattern that repeats over 2 stitches and 14 rounds. Instructions are given in both chart and round-by-round form. The cowl begins with a Channel Island cast-on and ends with a matching Channel Island bind-off for decorative edges. Links for YouTube video demonstrations of the decorative cast-on and bind-off are provided.