Sun Blossoms Cowl
The lotus blossom symbolized the sun to ancient Egyptians; when the lotus flower stitch pattern is knit into a cowl using luxuriously soft yarn spun from cria fiber, the first shearing of a baby alpaca, the result is as warm as sunshine. A fingering-weight merino/cashmere/nylon blend gives indulgent results for those who don’t have access to cria fiber yarns. Choose between a gaiter-style cowl and one with a full yoke depending on preference and yardage available.
The pattern works best with a heavy fingering weight yarn; DK weight also works well, though the fabric will have a bit less drape.
This cowl was inspired by the adorable cria at Fair Winds Farm, Quarryville, PA and by the lotus stitch pattern found in A Second Treasury of Stitch Patterns by Barbara Walker, © 1970.
Many thanks to test knitters/tech editors Cindi Perrine, Jan Hamby, and Rose Tobelmann. Special thanks to models, Kris Maughan and Karen Gibbins.