Crow's Foot Cowl by Janelle Martin

Crow's Foot Cowl

September 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in over Chart A, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
165 yards (151 m)
One Size
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About this Design:
This is a surprise addition to the Northern Landscapes, part 1 collection. There is a rock found in The Burren, Ireland with a branching pattern created by erosion from rainfall. The fissures remind me of the mark a bird’s foot makes in the sand. The stitch pattern used in this cowl also reminds me of a bird’s foot and so I decided to call this the “Crow’s Foot Cowl.”

Pattern is 4 pages.

Skills Required:

  • Working with charts
  • Increasing and decreasing
  • Blocking
  • Twisted stitches

Finished Size:
24”/60.96 cm long by 8.5”/21.59 cm wide

Other Tools:

  • Buttons, large (2), approximately 2.38 inches x 1 inches/60mm x 25mm (available from Shall We Knit?,
  • Stitch markers (4)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Glow line tape (to mark current row on chart/instructions)
  • Blocking wires and pins
  • Unwaxed dental floss (to attach buttons)
  • Needle for sewing on buttons

Skill Level: Beginner

Yarn: 165 yards/151 meters of silk/yak blend sport weight yarn that knits up to 5.5 sts/inch.

Shown In:
Sericin Silkworks ‘Silk Yak 4 Ply’, (165 yards/151 meters; 50% silk, 50% yak; 1.76 oz/50 grams). 1 skein in Himalayan Spice.

About the Collection:
This past summer I traveled to Newfoundland, to the arctic coastal tundra region where the Vikings had the first European settlement in North America. Such gorgeous landscape! It’s inspired a collection focused around the landscape of this area of Newfoundland and its geological cousins in Iceland and coastal Ireland. I’ve been lucky enough to visit all three places over the past 10 years. I find the remote and stark landscapes inspiring – nature has such beautiful lines and movement.

During my visit to Newfoundland’s Great Northern Penninsula (the location of the first Viking settlement in North America) inspiration struck quite quickly and before the week was out, I had the core ideas for the Northern Landscapes collection. This accessory collection of 30-40 pieces focuses on shawls/stoles, scarves, hats, and cowls. I knew right away that the beautiful, natural colours and textures of Bare Naked Wools paired perfectly with this landscape. The collection also features indie dyers, focusing on colours drawn from the three landscapes.

The collection will be released in three parts and will be available as an ebook or individual patterns. Part one was published this August, part two will be published over 2016/17 and part three will be released in 2019.

Hard (paper) copies of this pattern may be available from your local yarn shop. Please contact them for more details.