BMC (Betty Mouat Cowl)
BMC = Betty Mouat Cowl
Versatile, lightweight wrap or cowl in two sizes.
The BMC uses a traditional Shetland lace pattern (the cockleshell) and is worked in the round using Susan Stevens’ innovative no-purl garter stitch method.
Instructions are given for two cowl sizes: a small, collar-size cowl (sample worked in Jamieson & Smith Jumper Weight) and a large, wrap-size cowl (sample worked in JC Rennie ‘unique’ Shetland). Both sizes measure 9 inches in depth; size 1 (small) measures 24.5 inches in circumference and size 2 (large) measures 91 inches in circumference.
Gauge is not crucial in this pattern: If using the J&S jumper weight, I recommend going up a needle size, to a 3.5mm / US4 to give a light and airy fabric.
For the small size: 35 yards of each of 9 shades of fingering-weight Shetland wool. If worked to correct gauge in correct yarn, the cowl should use between 270 and 320 yards in total. For the large size: 95 yards of each of 9 shades of fingering-weight Shetland wool. If worked to correct gauge in correct yarn weight, the cowl should use between 850 and 900 yards of yarn in total.
Jamieson and Smith shades pictured:
366, FC9, FC51, 29, 141, FC24, 72, FC50, 203
If you have questions about working no-purl garter stitch, or about the cockleshell lace, you may find it helpful to watch the Betty Mouat video tutorials that you will find here (demonstrated by Melanie Ireland)