Winterlit Herringbone Cowl
No one appreciates a pattern that utilizes an entire skein of handspun yarn more than the spinner who made it; each yard is precious. For that reason, I designed this pattern to adapt to the varied yardage offered among the skeins of First Harvest; skeins less than 120 yards will yield a cowl slightly shorter in height. Choose size based on length of yarn in your skein, not presumed size of neck.
There is so much vitality in a skein of yarn spun by hand, so much personality embedded in the subtle or not-so-subtle modulation of thickness. The Herringbone stitch is the perfect companion to a yarn with so much to say. Worked on large needles, the resulting stitches both showcase the lovely variations in plant-dyed color as well as create a fabric so squishy you might never take it off. And chances are, if you’ve knit it out of wool (naturally antibacterial and odor-resistant!) you might get a nice long run out of it.
+ 1 skein This is Wool. First Harvest or handspun bulky weight yarn, 100-150 yds
+ Size 15 needles
+ 3-4 buttons, roughly 1”
+ Tapestry needle or crochet hook for finishing
11 st and 13 rows = 4” in Stockinette St
Gauge is provided as a reference for selecting appropriate substitutions. Matching exact gauge is not critical; skip if using First Harvest.
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