Lava Tubes Cowl by Janelle Martin

Lava Tubes Cowl

December 2023
Aran (8 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in lava tubes pattern
US 7 - 4.5 mm
290 yards (265 m)
One Size
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Lava tubes are natural conduits through which lava travels beneath the surface of a lava flow. The central stitch pattern in this cowl was chosen because it reminded me of the Kirkjan Cave, Dimmuborgir, Iceland.

Pattern is 5 pages.

This pattern is the eleventh release in Northern Landscape, Part 3. There is one more pattern in the collection yet to be released. To learn more about the collection, scroll to the bottom of these notes.

Patterns in Northern Landscape, Part 3 are available individually or as part of collection. During the pre-order period, the ebook is available at a special, discounted price of $24.95. Once the final pattern is released, the eBook version of the patterns will be uploaded (tentatively release date - March 2024). At that time the price of the eBook rises to $35.95 (full retail price of the individual patterns is approximately $90).

The Northern Landscapes collection, part one is available here and Northern Landscapes collection, part two is available here.

Skills Required:

  • Working increases, decreases
  • Working lace
  • Working with charts and written instructions
  • Blocking

Finished Size (blocked): 14.5”/37 cm wide by 27”/68.5 cm circumference

Gauge: 21 sts and 23 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in Lava Tubes pattern, blocked.

Other Tools:

  • Stitch markers - 6
  • Tapestry needle
  • Waste yarn for provisional cast on
  • Crochet hook
  • A second US#7/4.5 mm for grafting

Yarn: 290 yards/265 meters of a MCN (merino, cashmere, nylon) worsted weight yarn that knits up to 4.5-5 sts/inch (2.5 cm).

Shown in: Indigodragonfly ‘MerGoat Worsted’, (80% wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 4.06 oz/115 grams; 190 yards/174 meters per skein). 2 skeins, Tapenodd.

About the Collection:
During the summer of 2014, 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 15 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 multiple parts and will be available as ebooks or individual patterns. Part one was published in August 2015, part two was published over 2016/17 and the patterns in part three are releasing throughout 2020 to 2023.