Painted Lady by Sonya Philip

Painted Lady

October 2019
Sport (12 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
375 yards (343 m)
One Size
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Painted Lady is part of I Knit San Francisco
Print copies available from One More Row Press

In a city famous for its foggy weather, a cowl is a great way to keep out the chill. The stitch patterns on Painted Lady mimic the shiplap, shingles, and decorative elements of San Francisco’s famous Victorians, all in a beautiful tricolor palette. The Painted Ladies of Alamo Square are distinguished by being painted three or more colors to enhance their Victorian era embellishments. You may recognize them from The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Five Year Engagement, Full House/Fuller House, or a postcard—they are a classic image of the city. Did you know that Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, lived in one and used to host small Tracy Chapman concerts in her home? The Conversation and Mrs. Doubtfire were set and filmed nearby, too. Be sure to visit Alamo Square and see the Painted Ladies for yourself.

Twirl’s Ditto enhances the coziness quotient of this cowl by combining multiple wools, alpaca, and mohair—those fibers bring an airy warmth to this cowl, and the color options are gorgeous.

One Size

Finished Measurements
Height: 10 inches/25 cm
Circumference: 22 inches/56 cm


  • Twirl Yarn Ditto (a blend of Wensleydale, CVM, Alpaca, Kid Mohair; Sport weight: 125 yd/114 m per 1.76 oz/50 g skein); colors: MC: Tide Pool, 1 skein; CC1: Lichen, 1 skein; CC2: Ether, 1 skein
  • US 6/4.0 mm 16-inch/40-cm circular needle
  • Stitch marker, tapestry needle

21 sts x 30 rnds = 4 inches/10 cm in Stockinette stitch, after blocking

This design is part of the I Knit San Francisco collection.
Print copies available from One More Row Press

From the Ferry Building to the Castro, take a knitting whirl through San Francisco. We introduce you to ten Bay Area knitwear designers, visit a dozen Bay Area LYSes, and share our favorite bits of the City by the Bay.

Want to know where to find the San Francisco that the locals know and love? I Knit San Francisco shares shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, and more. And if you can’t make it to the City by the Bay, we include lists of our favorite books, movies, TV shows, and songs, so you can bring San Francisco home.

Designers include

  • Kelly White/Kelly White Designs
  • Sloane Rosenthal/Hudson + West Co.
  • Faina Goberstein
  • Yvonne Poon/Gamer Babe Knits
  • Julie Weisenberger/Cocoknits
  • Audry Nicklin
  • Heatherly Walker/Yarn Yenta
  • Sonya Philip/100 Acts of Sewing
  • Juliana Lustenader
  • Kathleen Dames & Vilasinee Bunnag/The Loome

Plus visit a dozen Bay Area yarn shops with Kathleen Dames/kathleen dames knitwear design and Alice O’Reilly/Backyard Fiberworks.

Featured yarns include Bay Street Yarns, The Dye Project, Hudson + West Co., Little Skein in the Big Wool with help from Seismic Yarns, Love Fest Fibers, Sincere Sheep, Speckled Finch Studios, Twirl Yarn, A Verb for Keeping Warm

Shot on location in San Francisco by local photographer Alli Novak/Luzography. Illustrations by Laurel Johnson/Mountain Laurel Artwork.

Join One More Row Press on our Knit Like A Local™ adventure in San Francisco.