Hedera helix (English Ivy) by Spencer Lepler

Hedera helix (English Ivy)

September 2018
yarn held together
Super Bulky
+ Super Bulky
= Jumbo (0-4 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches
US 19 - 15.0 mm
120 - 140 yards (110 - 128 m)
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This pattern is a jumbo weight cowl (super bulky held double) featuring seven unique cables worked in the round. It is a quick knit and features both written instructions and charts.

This pattern is named for the plant Hedera helix (common name: English Ivy) which is an evergreen flowering and fruiting vine common to Europe and Western Asia. It is a common ornamental plant in Europe commonly seen in gardens growing on buildings and other structures. In addition to its ornamental use it has been used medicinally to treat cough and bronchitis and its extracts are still used in modern cough medicines.

The finished cowl will have seven unique cables that twist and turn against a background of perl stitches that provide a very structured shape, reminiscent of how English Ivy climbs trees, building, and other structures.


Yarn: 1 skeins of Curie Lux Bulky by The Fiberists held double (knit as a jumbo yarn). Samples shown in photos are knit in Azurite. Approximately 140 yds needed - will vary with gauge.

Needles: US Size 19/15 mm:

  • 1 set of Circular Needles - 24” cord min.
  • 1 Double Point Needle, Cable Needle, or extra 6” cord circular

The pattern contains links to videos found online (which were all confirmed to be available at the time of publishing) for all of the techniques used.