This cowl is quite simply named “Winter” in Maori – one of the languages spoken in my country (New Zealand). To me, nothing says Winter like the skeletons of trees, waiting patiently in the cold weather for Spring to arrive again and clothe them in leaves. There is a particular tree outside my bedroom window that I tried to incorporate in this cowl; thick, sturdy trunk with thin, spindly branches.
Thanks to Roberta for knitting our cowl!
Finished size 23” circumference x 10” high
Space Cadet Astrid (100% Superwash Merino, 230 yards/100 grams): 1 skein MC Gobsmack, 1 skein CC Silver
Thanks to Space Cadet for providing the yarn for this cowl!
Size US 6 (4 mm): 24” circular
One stitch marker; tapestry needle
20 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st in the round after wet blocking.
Please see our standard abbreviations.
The pattern is worked in the round, stranding the colors as it is worked so that the floats are not too long.
CO 115 st in MC, join in the round and place marker at the beginning of the round.
Rnd 1: K1, *(p1, k1), rep from * to end of round
Rnd 2: P1, *(k1,p1), rep from * to end of round
Repeat rnds 1 and 2 six more times (14 rounds total)
Switch to CC
Rnds 15 – 19: K all sts in CC
Rnd 20 (CC): K2tog, k to end.
Rnd 21: *Work Rnd 1 of chart* (you’ll work 3 reps around the circumference)
Repeat above round, moving up the chart, until all rounds of chart have been worked
Switch to CC
Rnd 46: K1, m1, k to end.
Rnds 47 – 52: K all sts.
Switch to MC
Rnd 53: K all sts in MC
Rnds 54 – 67: Repeat rounds 1 and 2 seven times
BO all sts
Weave in the ends, block lightly into shape.
About the Designer: Amy Straker
Amy Straker, the creator behind Little Yarns, is based in New Zealand. Amy taught herself to knit from YouTube videos as a New Year resolution in 2014, and it became her passion, especially to de-stress through working full time and completing her degree.
Her designs are inspired by nature, and aim to be straightforward, as well as being fun and satisfying – so that the knitter can look at their finished object with love and pride.