Cedar Hill Cowl by Seth Richardson

Cedar Hill Cowl

March 2021
both are used in this pattern
yarn held together
+ Fingering
= Sport (12 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 58 rows = 4 inches
in lacework pattern after blocking
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1100 yards (1006 m)
One Size
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Named for one of my favorite places in Central Park, this cowl is inspired by the sophisticated style of New York City, a place I called home for 20 years. I imagine a crisp autumn day after a visit to the museum, with coffee-to-go in hand, enjoying a nice stroll with a friend while wearing a wool coat and a stylish scarf. With two different yarns held together throughout, Cedar Hill Cowl uses a combination of garter stitch and simple lacework to create an offset chevron motif that evokes the needles on the branches of the evergreen trees that give Cedar Hill its name. Wear it doubled around your neck for some extra drama and warmth or as one single loop for a more relaxed look.


  • 550 yards/2 skeins of Shibui Knits Silk Cloud (lace weight, 60% kid mohair and 40% silk, 330 yards/25g per skein)
  • 550 yards/2 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (fingering weight, 100% superwash merino wool, 420 yards/100g per skein)

These yarns were released together in a collaboration between Shibui Knits and Madelinetosh. For this pattern, one strand of each yarn is held together throughout. Tosh Merino Light provides a solid foundation, while Silk Cloud brings a lovely halo and delicate sheen. The yarns should be in a similar color, but mixing hues may also be an interesting choice. The sample shown was knit using the Lovegrass colorway for each yarn.

US 2.5 (3.0mm) 32” circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. The cord length may differ as long as all stitches can fit comfortably for working in the round.

Optional: a spare needle one or two sizes larger than the main needle to use for the bind off row.

23 stitches and 58 rounds = 4”/10cm in pattern after blocking

The design is originally intended to create a tighter fabric than one might usually expect from lacework. If you prefer a more relaxed fabric, consider increasing the needle size, but note that this will affect the final measurements of the cowl and may change your yardage requirements.

Stitch marker, tapestry needle, pins and blocking boards for wet blocking

Finished Measurements
9.25” wide by 23” long (46” circumference) after blocking

Skill Level
Advanced beginner

Skills Required
Simple cast on, knitting and purling in the round, reading charts or written instructions, increasing and decreasing, lace knitting, Icelandic Bind Off or stretchy bind off of knitter’s choice.

Social Media
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