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October 2018
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
in Blocked stockinette
275 - 425 yards (251 - 389 m)
Written in three sizes and two gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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This pattern (along with most of my earlier work) was retired in the summer of 2022. However, it may be available for a few days once or twice a year. Read on for details!

In the summer of 2022, I realized that maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of patterns was kind of overwhelming. I couldn’t do it and still release new things. So I took my old patterns down so I could keep doing new work.

Since then, a handful of my favorites have come back, and lovely new things have come out. But the vast majority of the old patterns are retired and will no longer be generally available.

However, enough folks have asked about some old favorites that I’m planning to make many of the retired patterns available for a few days once or twice a year (most likely in late spring and then again in the fall around Thanksgiving).

  • If you see the buy buttons on this page, you’ve caught it on one of the days it’s available, and you’re welcome to grab it!
  • If you don’t see the buy buttons on this page, then it’s not currently available.
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This is a companion to Hither and Thither (the cuffs and hat in the pictures at the bottom of this page).

As far as I can tell, two things are true about pretty much all knitting. Knitting leaves is more fun than it has any right to be (so easy, so tidy, so satisfying), and accessories are better in sets.

Which is why I’m delighted to add this lovely, lacy cowl to the cuffs (Hither) and hat (Thither) that came out earlier. And while I probably won’t wear all three at once, there’s seriously a part of me that loves knowing I could (and I sort of doubt I’m alone in this).

The pattern includes instructions for both a taller and a shorter version of the cowl (the shorter one is shown in the pictures). Don’t worry, you don’t have to decide which you want to make right away! You’ll knit for a little while, then try it on (or measure) and see which height you like better.

Both versions come in three sizes (100, 120, 140 stitch cast on) and two gauges (5 and 6 stitches per inch), so there’s plenty of flexibility to make the size that feels most comfortable for you. The cowls are tapered (the top is about half the size of the bottom), as I find that makes for the best fit (plenty of fabric at first to keep you warm, not too much up top to get in your way).

The piece in the pictures was knit at 5 stitches per inch. It’s 40 inches around at the widest point, 20 inches around at the narrowest point, 9 inches tall, and shown on a size 16 dress form. The sample took 275 yards of yarn (if you want a really big cowl, 375-400 is a safer bet).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You’re as taken with knitted leaves as I am
  • You want a mellow project that looks impressive when you’re done
  • You know in your heart of hearts that accessories are better in sets

They’re not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)