Inspira Cowl by Mesa rock

Inspira Cowl

February 2011
Take your pick
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Materials List: You will need the heart of a lion, but if you can knit, this you already have.

Cost of yarn for original Inspira………………………a few bucks
Time taken for 1st photo shoot…………………….about 5 minutes
Seeing evvvie’s cap for the first time………………….priceless

Inspired by evvvie’s sweet pompom hat

October 2014: Steampunk is now translated by hel?a into Czech (blog page link). Thank-you to both hel?a and Vevka!

March 2013: evvvie’s pom pom hat, & inspiration for Inspira Cowl, is now available as a fully charted & written pattern in two sizes! (pattern link)

January 2013: A Lovely Video KAL!
Pour yourself a cuppa & enjoy a relaxing few minutes being taught by a fine teacher.
Yellowdog has a tutorial video from the Inspira Cowl Big Delight KAL, held during the summer of 2012 on her website. Step-by-step guidance is offered for her own cowl project, Inspira Video KAL, Mesa Rock version. Various techniques are demonstrated, including stranding options for knitting the corrugated rib. No matter which of the three versions you knit, the elegant and succinct Inspira Cowl Video Workshop is helpful.

January 2012:
Sunsun has graciously translated Inspira into Spanish.
Link to a directions-only pdf may be found on this blog page:
Inspira en Español

October 2012:
Wiebkeb has graciously translated the Steampunk version of Inspira Cowl into German. Link to Google document directions-only pdf:
Inspira Cowl, Steampunk-Deutsche

December 2012:
LaMicky has graciously translated Inspira into Italian. This version is complete, with the original photos & format. Link to Google document pdf:
Inspira Cowl : Italiana

Please, should you wish to use a picture, do kindly receive permission first if using another person’s project. Thanks :)

Inspira Cowl is worked in the round on circular needles. Corrugated ribbing is used, where two different coloured yarns are stranded across each round. The ribbing height varies throughout for each of the three cowl options. After two plain knit rows, the corrugated ribbing pattern shifts, or is staggered, i.e., previous knit columns become purl columns. This graphic shift of colour & texture is what gives Inspira it’s dynamic flow.

A gauge swatch is recommended. Noticing among the projects the fit & particular CO numbers others have successfully used for their cowls may help beyond what is noted in the pattern.

Wishing you fun knitting your own unique Inspira Cowl.