Bythos a Lace Cowl by Andres P. Nevarez
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Bythos a Lace Cowl

January 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
11 stitches and 12 rows = 2 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
225 - 500 yards (206 - 457 m)
Various sizes depending on yarn and gauge
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Bythos is one of the Ichthyocentaurs. He is a god of sea-depths. He along with his his brother Aphros were called the Ichthyocentaurs. Aphros and Bythos were present at the birth of Aphrodite. They pulled in the shell she rose from the ocean.

This cowl was inspired by the pattern drooping Elm Leaf, page 217 Treasury of Knitting Patterns Barbara walker. The cowls above are done in bold colors. The blue cowl is extra-long in dk weight. The Orange one is smaller and wider in fingering weight, the border was done twice at the beginning and at the end. This pattern can be modified in many ways, be creative and do a different edge border at the beginning and at the end, make it wider, skip it.

Here you have a cowl in my series of Men lace attire. It is easily a unisex item and a timeless piece. Embrace the divine spark within you and wear it with pride.



1) Blend by Rohrspatz & Wollmeise| All Inclusive Colorway | Sport / 5 ply 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere goat, 10% Nylon | 546 yards / 150 grams; Blue Cowl at 208 sts , 80 grams, 294 yards, blocked to 26.5” flat, 57” round.

2) Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin by Rohrspatz & Wollmeise |
Morchen Colorway | Fingering / 4 ply ; 80% Merino, 20% Nylon | 510 yards / 150 grams; Orange Cowl 160 sts, 60 grams, 205 yards, blocked to 16” flat , 32” round.


US 7 or 4.5 mm, Sport/DK weight
Gauge: about 11 sts & 12 Rows = 2 inches in stockinette .

US 6 or 4 mm, fingering weight
Gauge: about 12.5 sts & 14 Rows = 2 inches in stockinette.;

Stitch markers (recommended). Stitch markers help with your stitch count and repetitions.

Blocking boards and (stainless) pins.

Pattern Notes

This Cowl comes in different sizes for two types of yarn. You may make the top and bottom edges wider, or you may make one between the suggested sizes; multiples of 16.

For Fingering weight yarn (S)mall at 160 sts, (M)edium at 192 sts, (L)arge at 224 sts These are just suggested lengths you may make one that is smaller or bigger.

For Dk yarn (S)mall at 176 sts, (M)edium at 192 sts, (L)arge at 208 sts These are just suggested lengths you may make one that is smaller or bigger.

These are just suggested lengths you may make one that is smaller or larger. This pattern has negative ease of about 4 to 6 inches before blocking, depending on the yarn.

Depending on the yarn weight, your gauge and the needle size, you can create many sizes and customize your cowl to your liking. You can do a longer border or more repetitions than suggested.