Kumara Cowl by Francoise Danoy

Kumara Cowl

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September 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in St st
US 8 - 5.0 mm
650 yards (594 m)
6.4” wide, 58” long
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Kūmara is a seamless, tubular cowl that combines modern knitting with the Māori culture, with trendy stripes and a simple fair-isle motif that is rich in history and culture. The colorwork motif lends itself from Māori tāniko designs, a form of traditional weaving. This particular patterning is called “rau kumara” or sweet potato leaves: an important stable food in Māori cuisine and is associated with the Māori god Rongomātāne, the god of peace. Long enough to be wrapped up cozily around the neck, you’ll be glad to have this piece in your wardrobe during the winter months!

Finished Size 6.4” wide, 58” long.

Yarn Julie Asselin Sevilla, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 200yds/115g: Ancient Gold MC) and Commodore (CC), 2 skeins each.


Yarn Knit Picks Brava Worsted, 100% Premium Acrylic; 218yds/100g: Asphalt Heather (MC) and Fig (CC), 2 skeins each.

Needles Size 8 (5.0 mm): 16″ circular (cir). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle; Size H-8 (5.0mm) crochet hook; waste yarn, extra needle of the same size for grafting.

Gauge Unblocked: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st. Blocked: 20 sts and 20 rows = 4” (10cm) in St st. Sample piece was blocked slightly aggressively vertically – aggressive blocking is optional.

Notes Gauge for 1-color and 2-color knitting can vary so it is important to check your gauge to ensure accurate sizing. It’s very hard to make your stranded knitting gauge match your regular knitting gauge, so be extra aware of that as you’re knitting between the two sections. You can choose whether or not to leave the gauge variation as a feature of the design, the choice is yours!