Quiraing Cowl by Maddie Harvey

Quiraing Cowl

May 2022
Shilasdair Smuid 4ply
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch on smaller needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
306 yards (280 m)
One Size (but adjustable)
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“But memories are old ghosts; Mountains of black and gold; Sunsets falling over the moor; Oh take me there” Calum MacDonald / Rory MacDonald, “Skye” from Heartland (Runrig, 1985)

The Quiraing (A’ Chuith-Raing in Gaelic) is the name of a dramatic topographical feature of the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye, where natural dye company Shilasdair Yarn are based. The Quiraing Cowl sample has been worked in two shades of their beautiful Smuid 4ply yarn.
Using Shilasdair Yarn’s gorgeous Instagram grid as the inspiration (in particular, their photographs of The Quiraing with sunlight peeking through the clouds), the dramatic Skye landscape is reflected in the design’s broken rib, with the light taking the form of a flash of colour at top and bottom of the cowl and through the eyelet patterning on the outside.
As well having as an aesthetic appeal, the contrast- coloured lining, also makes the cowl super cosy – perfect for a walk on The Quiraing.

Matching Quiraing Mittens also available - put both into your cart and save £2.50!

The cowl liner is worked first from a provisional cast on, which is then undone to create “live” sts to work the cowl outer in the opposite direction. Once complete the liner fits inside the outer to create a double lined cowl, which is joined together by grafting.

Shilasdair Yarn, Smuid (4ply; 175m / 191 yds per 100g; 75% BFL / 25% Gotland)
MC: 50g in natural
CC: 50g in Madder (orange)
Sample used approximately 40g each of MC and CC.

2.75 mm DPNs / preferred needles for working small circumferences in the round
3.00 mm DPNs / preferred needles for working small circumferences in the round
1 stitch marker for BOR (plus 8 optional markers to mark pattern reps)
For provisional cast on: crochet hook (approx. 2.75mm) and waste yarn - cotton or something smooth works best
Tapestry needle for grafting
Spare needle(s) for placing sts on hold & working grafting (optional)

26 sts x 38 rnds = 10 cm / 4” measured over stocking stitch on smaller needles

One size (single loop: see schematic in photos for details), although it is possible to make a double loop (notes on this included in pattern)