Cape Point Cowl
Cape Point Cowl forms part of my Mzansi - South Africa on my Needles collection, available as a stand alone pattern, an Ebook and Print book
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My love of Cape Point was sparked by Andre, the photographer for this pattern and my book. He is
a landscape photographer and seeing this beautiful outcrop of mountain, at the south westerly tip of the Cape Peninsula through his eyes and his lens left a lasting impression on me. Strangely, my favourite place is not the point itself, but a little known bench located just after you enter the Cape Point Reserve.
The bench is easy to miss, especially if you rush straight for the Point, following all the other tourists. It is so easy to be in such a rush to get to the end that we miss the moment. For those who do stop, many will just see a bench and move on but for me it is special. There are different places on earth that speak to each of us, to which we feel a special connection. You know when you have found a place like this, no one has to say anything. You can just feel it in your heart and you are more for having had this experience. The bench—alone, waiting, resting, peaceful. Sometimes just knowing that a place of calm exists is enough, even when we are not there. We know it is there and we can always go back.
This is a simple tubular cowl knitted from the bottom up in the round. It comes in a full and half size version. They both use the same number of cast on stitches, the one is just longer than the other. Either knit the full pattern for extra cover and warmth or the half size one which is also suitable for a child
￼Difficulty Level: Beginner
A chevron makes a big visual impact but is actually very easy to knit. It is really no more complicated than knitting with increases and decreases.
German Twisted cast on, knitting in the round, knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast off.
3.5 mm/US 4 circular needles at least 100cm/40“ long
Fingering weight/sock weight merino
I used Nurturing Fibres Super Twist sock wool (100g; 330m/360yrd)
Main Colour: Grey 20g (66m/72yd)
Colour A: Deep Blue 10–15g (33m/36yd – 50m/54yd)
Colour B: Teal 10g (33m/36yd)
Colour C: White 5–10g (17m/18yd – 33m/36yd)
Colour D: Brown/Green 10–15g (33m/36yd – 50m/54yd)
Colour E: Sky Blue 10–15g (33m/36yd – 50m/54yd)
The chevron pattern is worked in colours that look like the transition from the ocean to the land and then to the sky. Starting with the deep blue ocean, which changes colour as it nears the land, to the white breakers against the rocks, the brown/green landmass of the point itself and then finally up into the vast African sky above. The pattern suggests specific colours and numbers of rows per colour, but feel free to improvise your own colour changes or use a self-striping yarn.
Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
Full: 45cm/17.5” wide and 26.5cm/10.5” high Half size: 45cm/17.5” wide and 13cm/5.25” high
In pattern: 30 stitches and 32 rows over 10cm/4” blocked
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