Some people call a rippled patch where a light breeze has ruffled the otherwise smooth ocean surface a “cat’s paw.” It looks like a giant, invisible feline has left fleeting paw prints behind while bounding across the water. This cowl, with its reflective symmetry and diagonal mesh centre, reminds me of glassy smooth water interrupted by patches of tiny cat’s paw waves.
Knit in the round using a single skein of fingering weight yarn, Cat’s Paw is a great way to get your feet wet with a little bit of lace. The large cowl is long enough to twist twice around the neck on cold walks, but it
really shines when draped in a single gorgeous loop. The small size stands a little bit taller to provide warmth, comfort, and style as it protects against a chilly breeze.
Choose a yarn that is soft enough to be worn close to the neck. Solid, heathered, tonal or subtly variegated yarns will show the pattern best. Pick a colour that really sings with your skin tone and wear it with everything! Cat’s Paw is perfect for a special skein of yarn - perhaps a luxurious hand dyed Merino or a buttery soft cashmere with a gorgeous halo. The large size will use an entire 400yd skein of yarn, so make sure your gauge is accurate so you don’t run out!
If you prefer to print a paper copy of the pattern, print only page 5 for a single, black and white page. Be sure to read over the main pattern first for helpful notes and images!