Split the Distance by Meaghan Schmaltz

Split the Distance

May 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, after blocking
US 9 - 5.5 mm
150 - 400 yards (137 - 366 m)
Small (Large): 8 inches tall by 25 (62) inches circumference
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The Story
After sharing the news with my Dad that my husband and I would be moving from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest, he said “Hey - you’re splitting the distance”. He was referring to the distance between our home at the time, and the home I grew up in, in Alberta, Canada. So this cowl which, to my eye, looks like a number of arrows pointing the way North, is an homage to my Dad’s excitement about our closer proximity.


  • This cowl is worked flat with a provisional cast-on and grafted closed at the end. Written and charted instructions are provided for the entirety of the cowl. See Page 4 for charts.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • Instructions are given for size Small with instruction for size Large in parentheses. When only one set of instructions is given, it applies to both sizes.
  • This cowl best fits a 24-inch circular needle however the user may substitute longer or shorter needles for comfort.
  • Although gauge is not critical for this project, a looser gauge than noted will result in the use of more yardage.


  • O-Wool Classic Worsted (worsted weight; 100% certified organic merino; 99 yds/50g): 2 (4) skeins ‘Brook Trout’
  • US 9 (5.5mm) 24” circular needle (or preferred length)
  • Length of smooth waste yarn
  • Tapestry needle