Calliope Nest Cowl by Wool & Pine

Calliope Nest Cowl

March 2020
both are used in this pattern
yarn held together
+ Lace
= Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
800 - 1600 yards (732 - 1463 m)
27" (Large: 54") Long by 10" wide (both sizes)
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We’re thrilled to share with you the knitting pattern for the Calliope Cowl - a perfect project for busting through your stash! This cowl features beautiful threaded stitches that are reminiscent of the intricately woven nests of the Calliope Hummingbirds native to the Pacific Northwest.

Not only is this cowl richly textured and visually stunning, it’s also reversible and available in two sizes, making it super versatile and easily customizable. Plus, it’s a great stashbuster! For our smaller 27” circumference sample, we used leftover yarn from our faded Sorrel sweater. However, mini-skeins would also work beautifully in this design.

To knit the Calliope Cowl, you’ll need one strand of Sock yarn and one strand of lace mohair, which are held together to create a lovely interlocking effect with two colors. You can fade these colors if you’d like, or not! The threaded stitches are lined with sublime stockinette, which can be customized with a pop of color to add even more interest to the design.

For our sample, we used a 3-color fade (using the first 3 colors from our original Sorrel fade) and the 4th color for the stockinette lining. But don’t worry, you can totally get creative and use whatever colors you’d like! You could fade with 4 or even 5 colors, and add a color pop for the lining (200yds for the small cowl and 400yds for the large.)

To make things even easier, we’ve included a video tutorial for the threaded stitches in the pattern.

Finished Measurements: Small (Large)
Small: 27”(54”) cowl circumference by 10” wide (both sizes)

Yarn & Yardage Info

Spun Right Round Classic Sock- 438yards/100grams

Spun Right Round Mohair Silk -laceweight- 459yds/50grams

C1: 75 (150yds)/20g (40g)
C2: 75 (150yds)/20g (40g)
C3: 75 (150yds)/20g (40g)
C4: (stockinette lining) 225 (450yds)/50g (100g)
C5: (mohair) 450 (900yds)/50g (100g) if stashbusting use one color for the textured side and a different color for the lining

Yarn Description: Our samples feature SpunRightRound Classic Sock and Mohair Silk. The blend of these two fibers creates a dynamic fabric that has both exquisite softness and a cozy factor that’s off the charts! To be sure it’s warm so this combo is best for wintertime snuggles. The combination of mohair + sock creates an exciting opportunity to fade several colors together as the mohair has a magical way of blending and softening the colors held alongside it.

Classic Sock is a 4-ply sock yarn of 100% Superwash Merino with a strong round twist and silky texture with the slightest sheen. It blooms upon blocking making deliciously plump stitches.

Mohair Silk is a laceweight 72% kid mohair, 28% silk blend with a soft halo surrounding a strand of gently twisted silk core. As soft as a bunny’s tummy this blend lends a gorgeous halo to your finished piece.

Mohair and Yarn Alternatives

On a budget? Mohair not your best bud? That’s OK! Alpaca, Silk and Cashmere laceweight yarn are available! Here are a few suggestions in various fibers and price points:

Hjertegarn Kid silk $9/ball

VALLEY YARNS 2/14 Alpaca Silk $26.99 1736 yards/cone!
LaceWeight 80% Alpaca/20% Silk

Drops Brushed Alpaca Haze $3/skein (heavier than a standard lace mohair but it has that halo + shine + great price!)

Malabrigo Baby Silkpaca Lace

KnitPicks Aloft

Cascade Alpaca Lace

Classic Elite Silky Alpaca

Isager Alpaca

Sprigs & Stone Suri Fluff

Valley Yarns Hatfield Alpaca Lace