Nunavut Qiviut Arctic Fox Lace: 1 skein, OR
Shibui Knits Pebble: 1 skein (shown in Bordeaux) OR
Approx. 190 yds/174m heavy lace/light fingering weight yarn
US4/3.5mm circular, 16 in/40cm long
27.5 sts & 40 rnds = 4 in/10cm in geometric lace pattern (see Pattern Notes)
Exact gauge is not essential, though differences in gauge will affect size and amount of yarn required.
1 stitch marker, yarn needle, kitchen scale (optional, for measuring yarn usage in case you’re running short)
About the yarns
I came up with this design for a skein of Nunavut Qiviut that my sister and I bought as a souvenir of my visit to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. The yarn is incredibly special, and Nunavut Qiviut supports Inuit traditions; it was a rare privilege to be able to work with one of their yarns. What makes a skein special is different for different people, and precious doesn’t have to mean expensive, so I’ve worked the pattern in a couple of yarns to show its adaptability. If you’re using a different yarn than the ones listed, choose a heavy lace to light fingering weight yarn that gives a fabric you like at the pattern’s gauge. A yarn with some memory can help the cowl retain its shape: some wool content, for instance, can give yarn a bit of bounce. Fibres such as angora, alpaca, or mohair can provide some halo, while silk or linen in the blend will give a crisper look.
Photos © Gale Zucker.