Tectum - Deep Within The Hive 'Rasta' Cowl by Jennifer Kirchenbauer
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Tectum - Deep Within The Hive 'Rasta' Cowl

Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
4 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette - for yarn selection
US 17 - 12.75 mm
85 - 100 yards (78 - 91 m)
one size but can be continued to desired length for full scarf
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Tectum - means a cover or shield -it is also the word for cell as in the cells of the honeycomb.

Pattern is both written and charted - with US and metric equivalents.

A dual sided reversible cowl with different and unique texture on each side.

Works up fast with super bulky yarn and big needles.

Adjustments can be made in width by adding (or subtracting) any multiple of 2 stitches at CO, likewise adjustments in length can be made by working more or fewer rows.

Simple to knit lace stitch pattern. The stitch pattern chart/description seems complex but is truly very simple ~ once you’ve done a few reps it nearly knits itself!

Needs blocking for full effect.

Suggest using a yarn with a high natural fiber content - for blocking memory.


90 yd/82 meter (=) super bulky yarn ~ Sample used 1 hank of Malabrigo Rasta, I highly recommend using the Rasta!
US 17/12.75 mm or US 15/10 mm needles ~ I knit tightly, and used US 17/12.75 mm for sample - if you knit loosely try the US 15/10 mm
Row counter
Tapestry needle ~ to sew in ends
Blocking wires or ‘T’ pins
Blocking surface

2 (+) pairs of different 1.25” -1.5” (3 - 4 cm) buttons ~ will be sewn together back to back to create ‘anywhere’ buttons
Elastic thread ~ for buttons


Gauge is not critical, but will affect yardage and size
For yarn/needle selection = 8 sts = 4” (10 cm)
Sample post-blocking measurements = 9” by 29.5” (23 by 75 cm)


BO = bind off
CO = cast on
K = knit
K3tog = knit 3 together (knit 3 sts together as one – decreases by 2)
P = purl
RS = right side
rep = repeat
Slp = slip
St(s) = stitches
WS = wrong side
wyb = with yarn at back
wyf = with yarn at front
YO = yarn over

Pattern, chart and images © LavishCraft 2013
This pattern is meant for private/personal use only. Do not reproduce, ‘share’ or distribute pattern in any form. Items made from this pattern may not be sold for profit – charitable donation or charity auction is acceptable.