A little something pretty to slip on as the weather cools. The
Eleanor cowl is a fun, fast knit when
you just have to indulge in knitting some lace, but don’t
want it to take forever.
A sweet lace design adds an appealing accent to cool weather
wardrobes. A funnel shape allows the
cowl to follow the contours of the body; the wider bottom allows
it to spread out over the base of the neck, while the narrower
top keeps it snug around the neck. The lace pattern forms a soft
scalloped edge at the base for a feminine flare.
Instructions are provided for both working flat and in
preference for blocking lace may help you
decide which method you’d rather use. Some knitters
find the end result more pleasing when they knit and block
the piece flat, then seam it. Those with an aversion to seaming
might like to use the instructions for knitting in the round
Pick your favorite sport weight yarn
for this. Lorna’s
Laces Shepherd Sport comes in many beautiful
colors, so you can make a cowl to match
any outfit or mood. Or for added warmth,
you might prefer the cashmere content in Debbie Bliss’s
Laces Shepherd Sport [100% superwash
wool; 200yd/183m per 70g skein]; color:
Pewter; 1 skein Purple Cowl
Bliss Baby Cashmerino [55% merino wool, 33% microfibre, 12% cashmere;
137yd/125m per 50g skein]; color: #38 Royal Purple; 2 skeins Note: If substituting yarn, look for a yarn with recommended
ball band gauge of approx. 24-25 sts=4 inches. Approx. 200yd/183m
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
set US #4/3.5mm straight needles or 16 inch circular needle
1 set US #5/3.75mm straight needles or 16 inch circular needle
set US #7/4.5mm straight needles or 16
inch circular needle Note: Largest needle(s) used for casting on and binding off only.
19 sts/32 rows = 4" over Chart B pattern using smallest needles, after
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Instructions for the Long-Tail Cast
On can be found here.
Information about blocking lace can be
found here and here.
The charts for this pattern are very large and fit on a letter-sized
page. Click here and print the resulting page.
If working back and forth in rows:
Using largest straight needles and long tail method, loosely CO 132 sts.
Switching to mid-sized needles, work Rows 1-14 of Chart A, working outlined
pattern repeat section five times. If desired, place stitch markers between
pattern repeats. 112 sts when all rows of Chart A are complete.
Work Rows 1-50 of Chart B, working outlined pattern repeat
section four times.
Note: If using stitch markers between
pattern repeats, markers must be moved at end of each repeat
on Rows 5, 15, 35 and 48 (highlighted in chart). To do
this, remove marker while working double decrease (sk2p),
then replace marker on right needle after decrease has
Switching to smallest needles, work Rows 23-49 of Chart
B once more.
Last Row [WS]: P1, *p2, [k1, p1] three
times, k3, p1, [k1, p1] three times; repeat from * four
times more, p1.
Using largest needles, loosely BO all
If working in the round:
Using largest circular needle, CO 130 sts. Ensuring that
CO edge is not twisted, join to work in the round as follows:
slip first st from left needle onto right needle, pass
next st on right needle over slipped st and onto left needle.
Turn work so that WS of CO edge (side with purl-like bumps)
is facing. Place marker to indicate beginning of round.
Switching to mid-sized circular needle, work Round 1 of
Chart A, working outlined pattern repeat section only;
place markers between pattern repeats if desired. Pattern
repeat will be worked 5 times in each round.
Very Important: For both charts, work only the
outlined pattern repeat section.
Work Rounds 2-14 of Chart A. 110 sts.
Work Rounds 1-50 of Chart B. When you begin working Rounds
5, 15, 35 and 48 (highlighted in chart), move marker at
beginning of round as follows: remove marker, sl first
st to right needle, replace marker. This point will now
be beginning of round.
If you have placed markers between pattern
repeats, they will also need to be moved when working these
rounds. To do this, remove marker while working double
decrease (sk2p), then replace marker on right needle after
decrease has been worked.
Switching to smallest needles, work Rounds 23-49 of Chart
B once more.
Last Round: *[K1, p1] three times, k1,
p3, [k1, p1] three times, k2; repeat from * four times
Using largest needle(s), loosely BO all
Weave in ends and block to measurements shown in schematic,
pinning lower edge to form scallops. Schematic measurements
are slightly larger than finished measurements given above;
cowl will relax and shrink slightly after blocking.
If cowl was worked in the round, you may wish to rotate the cowl and re-pin
it before it dries completely, to help prevent creases along the sides.
If cowl was worked in rows, sew side seam once blocking is complete.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Audrey is a nature-loving knitter residing beneath oak trees in
California. She enjoys knitting with friends and designing.
mixes the occasional critter photos in with her knitting experiences
at her web site, AudKnits.com and
can be found on Ravelry as AudKnits.