A knitting pattern to create a cowl, knit in the round
This cowl is inspired by the sophisticated style of New York City, a place I called home for 20 years. I imagine a crisp autumn day after a visit to the museum, with coffee-to-go in hand, enjoying a nice stroll through the park with a friend while wearing a wool coat and a stylish scarf. With two different yarns held together throughout, Cedar Hill Cowl uses a combination of garter stitch and simple lacework to create an offset chevron motif that evokes the needles on the branches of the evergreen trees that give Cedar Hill in Manhattan's Central Park its name. Wear it doubled around your neck for some extra drama and warmth or as one single loop for a more relaxed look. YARN REQUIREMENTS
- 550 yards/2 skeins of Shibui Knits Silk Cloud (lace weight, 60% kid mohair and 40% silk, 330 yards/25g per skein)
- 550 yards/2 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (fingering weight, 100% superwash merino wool, 420 yards/100g per skein)
A note on the yarn: one strand of each yarn is held together throughout the pattern. Tosh Merino Light provides a solid foundation, while Silk Cloud brings a lovely halo and delicate sheen. The yarns should be in a similar color, but mixing hues may also be an interesting choice. The sample shown was knit using the Lovegrass colorway for each yarn. NEEDLES
US 2.5 (3.0mm) 32" circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. The cord length may differ as long as all stitches can fit comfortably for working in the round.
Optional: a spare needle one or two sizes larger than the main needle to use for the bind off row. GAUGE
23 stitches and 58 rounds = 4"/10cm in pattern after blocking TOOLS
Stitch marker, tapestry needle, pins and blocking boards for wet blocking FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
9.25" wide by 23" long (46" circumference) after blocking SKILL LEVEL
Advanced beginner SKILLS REQUIRED
Simple cast on, knitting and purling in the round, reading charts or written instructions, increasing and decreasing, lace knitting, Icelandic Bind Off or stretchy bind off of knitter’s choice.