Boothbay Cowl

Boothbay Harbor in Maine contains numerous islands, with many variations in coastlines—from the rocky ledges for which Maine is famous, to pine-studded cliffs, to the occasional sandy cove, ringed with boulders. The constant here is the water (if the sea can ever be said to be constant!); on my recent fall visit to Maine, it was a steady, steely gray-blue, reflecting the low-hanging clouds, and and stirred only slightly by wind.

The subtle waves of this cowl, inspired by the ripples on a calm sea, are formed by a variation on the familiar feather-and-fan stitch pattern: the commonly used purl ridges have been omitted. The cowl is subtly shaped by increases and ribbing at top and bottom, so that it flares slightly at the bottom, and narrows at the top. Worked in the round from the top down in chunky weight yarn, it is a quick and easy project.

Directions for working the stitch patterns are given in both written and chart form. The pattern is also available as part of a three-cowl pattern booklet, the MacMahan Collection, for $7.

Finished Size 19"/48.5 cm circumference at the bottom edge, 15 ½"/39.5 cm at the top edge. Height of cowl is approximately 5 ½"/14 cm.

Materials Yarn Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky, 100% superwash merino wool, 165 yds (151 m)/100 g skein, color Well Water, 1 skein. Needles US size 9/5.5 mm: 16" circular. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. Notions Marker, tapestry needle.

Gauge Approx 17 sts/23 rows to 4"/10 cm in lace pattern st. Measure gauge on blocked swatch.

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Price: $3.50