triathlon by HannahMade in Scotland


July 2014
Sport (12 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
3.0 mm
656 - 766 yards (600 - 700 m)
single loop cowl (but easy to lengthen)
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The triathlon cowl is a celebration of endurance sport. The instructions provided make a cowl that loops once around the neck. A longer cowl can be achieved by adding extra pattern repeats. This will require extra yarn. The cowl could also be adapted for a duathlete by repeating the tyre track motif either side of the footprints, in place of the water design.

The colourwork is a combination of intarsia and fair isle, with the MC being carried across the back of the work, and separate bobbins being used for left and right footprints, the water, and the tyre tracks. The cowl is worked back and forth, end to end. The ends are then grafted together. Links to some useful video tutorials are provided.

The chart was made using the tools available at

3mm needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Drops Baby Merino - 2 balls of MC, 1 ball each of CC1, CC2 and CC3
crochet hook & scrap yarn (for provisional cast on)
darning needle (for kitchener stitch, and weaving in ends)
Sample was knitted in Baby Merino in 35 (MC), 09 (CC1), 32 (CC2), and 22 (CC3)

Many thanks to Graham Campbell - my photographer, model and long-suffering flatmate.

And to SadieLou, Cia and Antje for their feedback and encouragement.