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.

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