Palm Cowl by Virginia Catherall

Palm Cowl

June 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
One size: 29” circumference x 10” tall.
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Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera)

One of the most widely cultivated trees, Palm trees are monocot evergreens that can withstand fierce winds. Their unique trunks have no branches but vascular bundles inside instead of tree rings that give them supple strength. The scars on the bark of most palm trees are created when the leaves fall off as it grows or is pruned.

The Identitatum Arborum collection of knitting patterns was created in conjunction with an art installation made for the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts in summer 2016 for the Natural Threads exhibition. In that art installation I explored the idea of identity using trees as a metaphor.