Birth of Venus Cowl by Karalee Harding

Birth of Venus Cowl

February 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
231 - 400 yards (211 - 366 m)
32 x 7 inches; 45 x 6.5 inches; customizable
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This design began as a collaboration with Dana of Unwind Yarn Company. As soon as I saw the Birth of Venus colorway she sent me to work with, I decided that the cowl should feature pattern motifs that also reminded me of the Botticelli painting. The particular details I wanted to capture were the shell on which the newborn Venus is standing and the long flowing seaweed-like strands of her hair; I added a garter eyelet edge to suggest an ornate frame.

The suggested yarn is available at Unwind Yarn Company. One skein of DK or sock yarn is enough to make a cowl just like one of the samples; or order two skeins and supersize your cowl (make it longer, wider, or both - the pattern includes notes for knitting a custom size).

The pattern includes both charted and written instructions. Skills needed for this cowl include the following: casting on, binding off; working in the round; knit, purl, knit two together, purl two together, central double decrease (aka s2kp) and yarn over.