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Fenestrella Cowl Knitting Pattern (PDF) by Phibersmith Designs

Phibersmith Designs

Fenestrella Cowl Knitting Pattern (PDF) by Phibersmith Designs


As statuesque as the arched gothic window that inspired it, this cowl is all graceful lines. The touch of asymmetry serves to incorporate the curves of your neck and shoulders into its architecture. Lies obediently flat beneath your coat until you’re ready to unveil its hidden depths. 

The cowl is knit in a luxuriously soft blend of Pine Hollow Farm’s own unique Norbouillet crossbred wool, and their silky mohair, perfect to cozy up to your skin.

The cowl is seamlessly constructed by first knitting the flared collar in one long piece, then picking up stitches along an edge of the collar piece without breaking the yarn. The picked up stitches are then worked in the round to form the upper part of the cowl.

The cowl is quite fitted to the neck. Should you wish to create a wider 
upper cowl, pick up additional stitches along the edge of the collar, keeping in mind that a full pattern repeat in the upper cowl is 12 sts. This will of course also require more yarn than the pattern calls for. As written, the yarn usage is about 60% collar and 40% upper cowl.

Pattern includes both written and charted instructions.

Finished Size: 

Min. circ. at top of cowl 16”(40.5 cm); max. stretched circ. at top of cowl 23” (58 cm); width of collar 11” (28 cm); height of shorter side of cowl 7” (18 cm); height of longer side of cowl 12” (30.5 cm).

Tools & Materials:

  • Yarn: Worsted weight
    Pine Hollow Farm, 60% Norbouillet wool/40% mohair, 208 yds (190 m)/100g.
  • Yardage: 208 yds (190 m)
  • Needles: US Size 6/4 mm 16"(40 cm) circular needle
  • Gauges: 20 sts & 26 rows = 4"(10 cm) in Stockinette stitch, lightly blocked.
    26 sts = 4"(10 cm) in collar cable pattern, lightly blocked.
    17 sts = 4"(10 cm) in upper cowl cabled rib pattern, aggressively blocked.

Special Techniques:

  • Cabling
  • Picking up stitches along a selvage edge
  • Knitting in the round
  • I-cord bind off (tutorial link included)

Stitches Used (beyond K & P):

  • Various cable stitches
  • K2tog
  • P2tog
  • SSP
  • SSK
  • M1

Full list of abbreviations included in pattern. Yarn buying information for Pine Hollow Farm included.

See pattern on Ravelry.

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