Desolation Sound by Elizabeth Elliott

Desolation Sound

by Elizabeth Elliott
January 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
25.5 stitches and 27.5 rows = 4 inches
in k3, p3 rib
US 8 - 5.0 mm
275 - 305 yards (251 - 279 m)
20 in/51cm circumference at top, 26 in/66cm circumference at bottom, 14 in/35.5cm deep
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Desolation Sound’s shifting textures and geometric lines evoke mountains rising from the sea. The widening rib section shapes this deep cowl, giving it a narrower top that hugs the neck. Reversible cables act as buttonholes, allowing you to decide where to place your buttons—and how many to use—when the piece is done. These cables combine with the ribbing to make an edge that looks as good folded back as it does buttoned up. Desolation Sound is worked flat in one piece, using knit, purl, decreases, yarn overs, and 4-stitch cables. Instructions are both written and charted.


  • Jill Draper Makes Stuff Windham: 2 skeins. Shown in Ramalina.


  • US8/5mm straight or circular


  • 5 x .75 in/19mm buttons
  • 5 x .375 in/9-10mm buttons (optional: to stabilize the buttons and keep the inside looking neat)
  • yarn or thread for attaching buttons
  • 4 stitch markers
  • yarn needle
  • cable needle

About the yarn:
Jill Draper Makes Stuff Windham is a soft, round, worsted weight yarn spun from 21.5 micron Merino wool. Milled especially for Jill, Windham is US-made from sheep to skein, and is not superwash treated, so it retains its woolly bounce. The yarn’s 4-ply construction helps to protect the delicate fibres from pilling, and gives Windham great stitch definition and squishability.

When selecting yarn for this project, look for a soft, bouncy worsted weight yarn with good memory that feels comfortable around your neck, and gives a fairly firm fabric at the pattern gauge. You will need approximately 305 yds/279m.