Spadina Avenue by Elizabeth Elliott

Spadina Avenue

January 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
18.5 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round, blocked
US 7 - 4.5 mm
295 - 310 yards (270 - 283 m)
22 in/56cm circumference at the top; 33 in/84cm at the bottom; 12 ¼ in/31cm deep
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Lofty, lush, and decadently soft, this generous cowl will keep you warm in the frostiest weather. Named for the bustling thoroughfare that runs through downtown Toronto, Spadina Avenue (pronounced with a long ‘i’) is worked in the round, with simple texture and subtle shaping for good coverage. The pattern instructions are written, not charted. To make Spadina Avenue, you will need to know how to knit, purl, slip stitches and work in the round. Instructions for working the M1R increases are included in the abbreviations list.


  • Blue Sky Fibers Eco-Cashmere (50% recycled cashmere, 50% virgin cashmere; 164 yds/150m per 1.76 oz/50g): 2 skeins (Shown in Silver Bell)


  • US7/4.5mm 24 in/60cm circular needle, or size needed for correct gauge
  • US7/4.5mm 16 in/40cm circular needle


  • 18.5 sts & 31 rows = 4 in/10cm in stockinette stitch in the round, blocked. Exact gauge is not essential for this project, but differences in gauge will affect size and amount of yarn required.


  • 5 stitch markers (1 of a different colour or style)
  • yarn needle

About the yarn
Blue Sky Fibers Eco-Cashmere is a lush, 4-ply, DK weight yarn spun from a 50/50 blend of recycled and virgin cashmere at a family-owned, environmentally conscious mill in Italy. This lofty yarn works well in a range of gauges, and the combination of airiness and extra-insulating fibres gives the fabric surprising warmth for its weight. The plying twist gives Eco-Cashmere a bit of spring, though it maintains the drape and exceptional softness of a cashmere yarn. If substituting yarn for this project, look for a soft, lofty DK to light worsted weight yarn that gives a solid (but not stiff) fabric at the pattern’s gauge. You will need approximately 295 yds/270m.