Nouverie by Melissa N West


January 2022
DK (11 wpi) ?
28.5 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
375 - 450 yards (343 - 411 m)
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Much like the art of the Art Nouveau movement, Nouverie features sinuous lines, asymmetrical shaping, and elegant embellishments. Art Nouveau was considered a metaphor for freedom from traditional artistic styles and it featured women doing things they could normally only dream about in their imagination, like riding a bike. They were portrayed in their happy thoughts, or reverie, instead of being so serious and buttoned up.

This cowl, featuring new and unusual techniques, is knit from the top down with the circumference increasing and flowing into a stylish ruffle. Curvy lines are created by mini cables and then accented by small bobbles to add a little glitz as the Art Nouveau movement did so well. This pattern would look great in solid, tonal, or lightly speckled yarn.

The pattern has been tech edited, has 7 video tutorial links, a picture tutorial, written instructions, charted instructions, and modification guidance. Plus those bobbles and that ruffle are optional. Skill level: Adventurous beginner to intermediate.


One size


Collar: 21” (53.5 cm) in circumference
Ruffled Edging: 31” (78.5 cm) in circumference
Height: 13” (33 cm)


Approximately 375 - 450 yd (343 - 411 m) of DK weight yarn

Sample shown in AJHC Wools
Yak Silk DK in Helios, 60% Superwash Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Silk, 4 ply, 231 yd (211 m), 100 g

As with all knits, yarn requirements will vary based on gauge. The minimum required, as shown above, is the actual usage for the sample at the pattern gauge. To be safe, and to have enough yarn for swatching, plan to use 10-15% more yarn than actual. Additionally, alternate fiber content may affect final dimensions & stretch.


US 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle 16” (40 cm), or needle size needed to obtain gauge for main stitch pattern
US 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle 24” (60 cm), or needle size needed to obtain gauge for main stitch pattern
Optional: US 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle 24” (60 cm), or 2 sizes larger than needle size needed to obtain gauge for main stitch pattern, to aid in loose BO.


Stitch markers (one unique BOR m, additional m)
Tapestry needle
Optional: Cable needle


28.5 sts and 35 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in the main stitch pattern, worked in the round and blocked

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