Cottesloe Days by Mitenae

Cottesloe Days

by Mitenae
December 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
899 yards (822 m)
One size only.
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Cottesloe Days is a long striped fingering weight accessory and can be worked as a scarf, cowl or as a convertible scarf in as many as 21 colours.

Inspired by striped beach towels and named after hot summer days at a West Australian beach, famous for its sunsets.

What is a convertible scarf? A convertible scarf is an accessory that can be worn as a scarf or as a cowl.

How does it work? You knit the scarf instructions, including the convertible scarf modification at the end. Once completed, you will have buttons on both ends of the scarf and a series of buttonholes along the length. This allows you to wear it unbuttoned as a scarf, or to button the two ends of the scarf together and wear it as a cowl. By having several sets of buttonholes you can adjust the length of the cowl.

Yarn: 899 yds/823m required of a fingering weight yarn in total. You will require these approximate amounts:

  • CO: 17 yds/15.5m.
  • BO: 13 yds/12 m.
  • Stripes 1 & 21: 84 yds/77 m each.
  • Stripes 3, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 & 19: 18 yds/16.5 m each.
  • Stripes 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, 16, 18 & 20: 47 yds/43 m each.
  • Stripes 5 & 17: 50 yds/46 m each.
  • Stripe 11: 81 yds/74 m.

Samples use:

  • Cowl: Madelinetosh 80/10/10 fingering (80% Merino Wool/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon, 405 yds/370m, 100g). 3 skeins used: 1 each of Antique Lace, Paper and Sea Salt.
  • Scarf: The Unique Sheep Pashmi (80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon, 652 yds/596 m, 150g). 2 skeins (both gradient sets): 1 each of Erin’s Dream and Barrow Downs.

Size: 12 inches/30.5 cm wide by 70 inches/18 cm in length (scarf) or circumference (cowl).

Skills Required: Cowl requires working in the round.

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Fun Fact: Western Australia has many stunning beaches and Cottesloe is one of them. It’s an iconic beach, with incredible sunsets all year round. The last photo is one I took many years ago of Cottesloe beach, and the building to the right is the Indiana (formerly the Indiana Tea House). There has been an Indiana Tea House on this beach for over 100 years and at one point Cottesloe beach also had a boardwalk, but that is long gone.