Estero Cowl by Hilary Smith Callis

Estero Cowl

September 2018
Sport (12 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Lace & Stockinette stripe pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
335 yards (306 m)
Finished measurements: 23.5”/60 cm circumference at top opening; 12.5”/32 cm height at back of neck; 32.5”/82.5 cm height at longest point in front
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Created in collaboration with the Yarnover Truck for the 2018 San Diego Yarn Crawl, Estero is a lacey cowl designed to mimic the look of an asymmetrical triangular shawl wrapped around the neck. Estero is knit flat with a series of increases and decreases forming its shape, while stripes of Stockinette stitch and a simple lace pattern grow from one corner to the next. One little seam up the back makes it a cowl. Just one skein of sport or a heavier fingering weight yarn (in this case, a gorgeous sapphire blue from Dragonfly Fibers) is all it takes for this substantial shawl-cowl hybrid, so it’s a great stashbuster as well.

Specific yarn requirements:
Dragonfly Fibers Damsel (100% superwash merino; 335 yds/ 305 m per 115); 1 skein in Blue Velvet
Or 335 yds/ 305 m of a sport weight yarn

US 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, at least 20”/50 cm long

15 sts & 28 rows = 4”/10 cm in Lace and St st stripe patt Meeting this exact gauge is not crucial, but any major differences will affect the size of the finished cowl as well as yarn requirements.

Technical editing by Tana Pageler.

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