Bracile Cowl by Helen Stewart

Bracile Cowl

October 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette on larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
244 yards (223 m)
One size
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“The inhabitants of Arranmore are still persuaded that, in a clear day, they can see from this coast…the Enchanted Island, the Paradise of the Pagan Irish, and concerning which they relate a number of romantic stories.” — Beaufort’s Ancient Topography of Ireland.

Mysterious, romantic, and lost in the mists of time, the phantom island of Bracile appeared on maps as far back as 1325. For those who lived on the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland, this island represented an escape from crushing everyday cares.

The Bracile Cowl was designed for the second Curious Handmade Country House Retreat, honouring that sense of a place where work and worries melt away. This is a generous, cuddly cowl which will keep you toasty even on a wintery Irish day by the coast. Easy ribbing offers warmth and beautiful texture, while the distinctive cable accent references a magical island just coming into view.

The sample is knit from the magnificently luxurious Arranmore yarn from The Fibre Company, which combines cashmere, silk, and fine merino wool. Rugged in character but deliciously soft to the touch, this aran weight yarn draws from the colours of wild Irish coastlands and the homespun tweed industry of 19th century Donegal.

This pattern is written in the Curious Handmade percentage checklist™ style and includes a chart for the cable motif.

Approximately 76cm (30”) circumference

The Fibre Co. Arranmore 80% Wool, 10% silk,
10% cashmere; 160m/175yds per 100g skein
2 x 100g ball, Colourway: Glenveagh Castle

Sample used approximately 224m/244yds and 140g of
Arranmore aran weight yarn

4 mm (US 6) 40 or 60cm (16 or 24”) long circular needles
for ribbing
5mm (US 8) 40 or 60cm (16 or 24”) long circular needles for body

6 locking/removable stitch markers
Cable needle
Tapestry needle

15 sts/24 rows = 10cm (4”) in stockinette stitch after
blocking using 5mm needles