Iris Garden Cowl
Iris Garden is a lightweight cowl inspired by...you can guess, right?
I created this pattern in 2020, when I was unable to take my usual spring trips to the botanical gardens with my mother, where one of our favorite places is the iris beds.
Designed in a lace pattern with a single cable twist up the center, in two lengths, this cowl has multiple wear options (including headband!), and makes the most out of a smaller or partial skein of fingering weight yarn.
This pattern is suited for adventurous beginners, intermediate knitters, or any knitter who enjoys a pattern that will hold their interest without requiring constant concentration.
Skills include provisional cast-on, Kitchener or 3-needle bind-off, basic lace (yo, ssk, k2tog), and simple cables.
Small (10.5 in. x 20 in. / 27 cm x 51 cm)
Large (10.5 in. x 40 in. / 27 cm x 102 cm)
180-220 (360-440) yd. / 165-201 (329-402) m
Fingering weight yarn, wool or blend suggested
Shown in Malabrigo Sock, 100% superwash merino, 440 yd (402 m) / 100 g, in Violeta Africana
Also shown in hand-dyed MCS Fingering, 70% superwash merino, 20% silk, 10% cashmere, 430 yd (393 m) / 100 g
(More examples on IG @ladyotterfae, search for #IrisGardenCowl)
US 3 / 3.25 mm needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
24 sts x 31 rows over 4 in. / 10 cm in Iris Lace pattern after blocking.
Gauge is not crucial to this project, but varying gauges and needle types will affect yardage and final measurements.
Crochet hook or darning/tapestry needle
Stitch markers (optional)