knit.wear Fall/Winter 2018: Calcite Cowl
In which the designer waxes poetic about her Calcite Cowl, published in knit.wear Fall/Winter 2018:
Geodes are such surprising treasures, the simplicity of the outside belying the beauty within. The Calcite Cowl was inspired by the rich texture and refracted light of the inside of a calcite geode. The shaping and texture of this piece give an air of simple beauty by thoughtfully incorporating the decreases into the stitch pattern.
Cowls that fit comfortably under a winter coat are hard to find, so the shaping of this piece is designed for layering. The wider bottom fits snugly under the collar of your coat and the tapered opening keeps your neck nice and warm against winter’s chill. The ribbing on the sides of the cowl adds structure to the lofty bee stitch and the upper edge is a double layered band with buttonholes to allow the I-cord drawstring to be threaded through. This is a functional piece that is a joy to knit and the perfect piece to show off a soft and lofty yarn. Snug up the drawstrings on a cold snowy walk, and keep warm in softness and style.
This cowl is knit the round, beginning with an Italian cast-on (the instructions for which are explained with illustrations right there in the pattern), and knit in an all-over textured Bee stitch.
DESIGNER Carrie McGowan
FINISHED SIZE 30¼” circumference at lower edge, 22″ circumference at upper edge, and 9¼” tall at center front.
YARN Sugar Bush Yarns Rapture (50% llama soft, 50% superfine merino wool; 211 yd [193 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): ravishing rose, 2 skeins.
NEEDLES Sizes 8 (5 mm) and 9 (5.5 mm): 16″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); spare size 9 (5.5 mm) 16″ cir needle; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 13 sts and 36 rnds = 4″ in Bee st on larger needle.