Kuusk by Ashley Knowlton
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June 2011
Lace ?
20 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Lace Pattern Stitch in the round after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
220 yards (201 m)
Circumference: 24 inches, Height: 10 inches (customizable)
This pattern is available for free.

From knitty.com:

I love single-ply lace, and, as a beginning spinner, made it my ambitious mission to come up with a skein of my own. I only had the patience for about 300 yards of the super-thin pink stuff, but it was just the right amount for a lacy Estonian-inspired cowl. And dipping the finished yarn alternately between hot and cold baths during setting made sure it would all stay together.

I spun it on my drop spindle as I unfortunately don’t yet have a wheel. There’s also something extremely satisfying about making very thin yarn on a drop spindle, and I enjoy the rhythm of it. My drop spindle is very light (18g) so can handle spinning thin singles very well as long as the staple length is long enough, and I spun it so it ended up still soft spun, quite a bit like Malabrigo Lace. It was definitely a learning experience and really resulted in my first usable handspun yarn, and I’m quite proud that it turned out so well. I must say that this project has made me a spinning convert, and I foresee many hand-spun items (and a wheel!) in my future.

If you’re blessed with the patience for extra yardage (or are using a commercial yarn), you may want to add an extra repeat of the Lace Pattern for a cowl that will fit snugly over your head. (See pattern notes.)

Experiment with chopping and changing colors in hand-dyed roving to create a flash of self-striping pattern. If nupps and hand-spun, singly-ply yarn (understandably) scare you, why not add a scattering of beads instead?

The stitch pattern used in the cowl is a classic Estonian pattern called Spruce and Diamond, and β€œKuusk” is Estonian for spruce. It’s pronounced, roughly, β€œkoosk”, but with an alluring Scandinavian spin.

Suggested yarn is alternative to the handspun merino lace weight shown.