Tesla Slept Here Cowl by Kino Knits

Tesla Slept Here Cowl

September 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 35.5 rows = 4 inches
in colorwork pattern in the round, blocked
US 2 - 2.75 mm
550 yards (503 m)
Small, Large
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For years I’ve been obsessively taking pictures of hotel carpets. They offer weird and graphical patterns not found anywhere else, and I’ve long dreamed of creating colorwork knitting patterns based on them. When I decided to team up with Elemental Fiber Works, a yarn company that highlights science themes, my mind turned to a pattern I saw at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City. Famed scientist Nikola Tesla spent his final days there, living in rooms on the 33rd floor. For a discussion of the less-admirable parts of Tesla’s legacy, please listen to Episode 070 of the Kino Knits Podcast.

This cowl is designed to pair with the Tesla Slept Here Hat. Switch the main color to get the set out of two skeins of fingering weight yarn (larger sized hats may need to pair with the smaller sized cowl).

Knitting in the round, stranded colorwork charts. For a tutorial video on knitting stranded colorwork, visit the Kino Knits YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ovQCTmc-PP0.

Elemental Fiberworks Electron Sock (80% superwash merino/20% nylon) (400 yards/366 m per 3.5 oz/100 g). Colorways: Silver (MC) and Turquoise (CC).


  • Small: 19”/48 cm circumference at top, 27”/69 cm circumference at bottom, 11.25”/29.5 cm length in back, 13”/33 cm length in front
  • Large: 19”/48 cm circumference at top, 32”/81 cm cm circumference at bottom, 14”/35.5 cm cm length in back, 16”/40.5 cm length in front

Sample shown in size Large.

26 stitches and 35.5 rounds per 4”/10 cm in colorwork pattern in the round, blocked


  • 3 stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

US 2 (2.75 mm) needles for knitting in the round, or size needed to get gauge

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