I remember many happy hours as a child spent at the house of my father’s cousin and her husband during my holidays. They lived ca. 250 km north of my hometown and I loved going there, spending time at the sea or on a boat on a river or in their beautiful garden.

I also loved that my cousin knew all these stories about when my Daddy was a kid – she knew sides of him that I would never be able to see.


To thank her for all this time, I designed a cowl for her, and I really hope she’s going to like it. :) The pattern is available on Ravelry, Loveknitting and soon Etsy and Patternfish.

This cowl uses an old German stitch pattern that I find extremely beautiful – I just had to use it! Doesn’t it look gorgeous in the silky, shiny yarn from Switzerland?

The cowl is knit as a long scarf and then joined or seamed.

Short: 16 cm 6.3” wide and 68 cm 26.75” around
Long: 16 cm 6.3” wide and 116 cm 45.67” around

1 pattern repeat (16 sts and 16 rows) is about 7.5 cm 3” wide and 6.8 cm 2.67” high
25 sts and 40 rows = 10 cm 4” in stockinette stitch
(Gauge is not vital for this project, but it will affect the size of the FO and yardage.)

Siidegarte Siide-Quirlig (110 g (3.9 oz), 440 m (480 yd), 70 % silk, 30 % SeaCell), 1 hank Hunggblüemli
Or approx. 135 m (145 yd) fingering weight yarn of your choice for the short cowl
Siidegarte Siide-Fideel (120 g, (4.2 oz), 480 m (525 yd), 50 % silk, 50 % merino), 1 hank Tinteblueme or
approx. 225 m (245 yd) fingering weight yarn of your choice for the long cowl
3 mm (US 2.5) 40 cm (16”) circular needle, or a size that gives you a fabric you like.
(Designer’s note: I’m a loose knitter, so you may want to try bigger needles if you aren’t.)
2 stitch markers

Skills needed:
Knit and purl
K-tbl and p-tbl
Lace knitting

The lace pattern is charted as well as written out. A photo tutorial for the Cluster/Gather Stitch is included.

Many thanks go to my Tech Editor cupani and my testknitters dancerdawnky42, FlatlanderKnits, pinhappy and Wolfen.