Designed and knit while touring Milford Sound in New Zealand, one of the wettest places in the world with almost 7 metres of rain annually. The heavy rainfall leads to many temporary waterfalls into the valley, creating a stunning sight. I needed a small snug cowl to line the neck of my raincoat.
Designed to sit snug to the neck for wet and windy days, especially for sufferers of neuralgia. The simplicity serves to show off a beautiful yarn and makes the most of luxury fibres, right next to your skin. There’s the option to add a second colour or beads.
Sizing: Small, Medium, Large.
The ‘drape’ of the yarn will determine what size is best to knit, and your personal taste of course! The original was knit with Hedgehog Fibres pure cashmere which relaxed a *lot* with wear and I wish I’d made a smaller one. For fingering weight yarn or yarn with a lot of silk or alpaca I suggest the small size for a snug fit or the medium for a relaxed fit. For lace weight yarns that don’t relax the medium or large sizes work best.
Gauge is not crucial but no more than 22st per 4 inches in stockinette on 4.0mm needles for the small size (26st per 4 inches for large size) or the cowl won’t fit on. This measurement is based on the fabric after blocking or after relaxing with wear. Don’t worry if your working gauge is tighter, so long as it can stretch loosely to gauge.
You will need:
200 (275, 350) metres / 220 (300, 380) yards of lace or fingering yarn (Main colour A).
30 – 80 metres / yards Contrast colour B (for striped version).
3.75mm, 4.0mm and 4.5mm (US 5, 6 and 7) needles for small circ. knitting
(DPNS or cable needles for magic loop)
Size 6/0 or 8/0 seed beads if desired.
Tiny crochet hook to place beads (I used 0.6mm hook).