Oceanside Cowl

Friday, September 25, 2009
This cowl was inspired by the need for a simple, lightweight garment to keep the chill off while on vacation in the fall at the beach. The stitch pattern echoes the foam-flecked waves of the Atlantic, and the yarn used includes a small amount of chitin, made from the exoskeletons of small invertebrates like shrimp and crabs. The pattern is simple enough to take anywhere, but looks complex enough to impress your friends. It is knit in the round with a rippled lace pattern that is completed in two rounds.

This is a great project for an odd skein of sock yarn—or any other lightweight fingering yarn you may have lying around. Whether you keep one for yourself, or knit several for gifts, this is a good stashbusting project for any time of year!

Available for $1.99 from Knit Picks!

Also available for $5 in my Ravelry store (no registration necessary; pay by PayPal)

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Gauge: 26 stitches and 39 rows to 4in (10cm) in stockinette stitch

Sizing: One size fits most. Cowl is blocked to 19in circumference by 18in long (47.5cm by 45cm). Mods for larger widths noted.

  • 250-350 yds sockweight/fingering weight yarn
  • US4 (3.5mm) 16in circular needles
  • 1 stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

Many thanks to my pattern testers Becca (Msrib), Deb (Sockknitter54), Jenn (Rois), and Lois (LoisKnits)!


  • Natalie Rush

    Love this!! It came out awesome!! I might have to make one of these for my Ohio Trip!

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