Spring Aspen Cowl by Jenessa Keller

Spring Aspen Cowl

August 2023
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette on larger needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
474 - 610 yards (433 - 558 m)
3 sizes
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About the Pattern
I love to contemplate the beauty of nature and its cycle through the seasons. While flora and fauna instinctively follow this cycle, we knitters typically do, too. Whether it’s designating summers for knitting lace or reserving heavier yarns for winter, we often let the seasons influence our projects. Although the final product and its intended use surely play a part in when we knit a particular type of pattern, there is much to be said about the process and how we feel while we are knitting.

Having grown up in Colorado, nature created a spectacular backdrop to my childhood. I especially loved the Aspen trees near my home. This collection of patterns is inspired by those striking trees. The Spring Aspen Cowl features a tessellated pattern that captures my memories of an Aspen’s delicate leaves fluttering in the spring breeze.

This cowl is a great project to begin your stranded knitting journey where you can learn to read a colorwork chart and hone your stranded knitting skills. The fingering weight cowl is the perfect accessory for spring—when you’re ready to shed your winter gear, but there’s still a chill in the air.

The Spring Aspen Cowl is worked in the round in two colors and includes a tubular cast-on and matching sewn tubular bind-off. It is written in three sizes, but it is easy to adjust both height and circumference to suit your style.

You will need approximately 237 (284, 305) yds 217 (260, 279) m / 53 (63.5, 68) g each of two high-contrast fingering weight yarns. A total of 474 (568, 610) yds 434 (520, 558) m / 106 (127, 136) g.

The sample was knit with:
Wooldreamers Dehesa de Barrera, Fingering Weight, 448 yds (410 m) / 100 g
Color A (dominant): Verde
Color B (background): Verde Lima

US 4 (3.5 mm) needles for knitting ribbing in the round
US 5 (3.75 mm) needles for knitting body in the round

29 sts x 28 rnds = 4 in (10 cm) worked in stockinette stitch in the round on larger needles.

25 (30, 35) in 63.5 (76, 89) cm circumference, 10.5 in (26.67 cm) in height.
1 chart repeat adds 2.5 in (6.3 cm) to the circumference and 2.25 in (5.7 cm) to the height of the cowl.

1 BOR marker and up to 13 regular stitch markers to separate repeats
1 locking stitch marker for tubular bind-off
Darning needle

Special Techniques
All techniques are linked to video tutorials
Tubular Cast-on
Tubular Bind-off
Stranded Colorwork

All of my patterns are professionally tech edited and test knit in order to give you the best knitting experience possible. If you feel like there is a mistake in the pattern or you have questions feel free to contact me.