Blue Rocks Cowl by Luise O'Neill

Blue Rocks Cowl

March 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette, blocked
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
4.5 mm
155 - 340 yards (142 - 311 m)
Circumference: 24 (30, 36, 48)" / 61 (76, 91.5, 122)cm; Height: 6.5"/ 16.5cm
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The Story
Memories of Nova Scotia: Blue Rocks Cowl
Blue Rocks is a tiny village on Nova Scotia’s South Shore ~ a fishing community steeped in history. A treasure that has been a long-favoured spot for the photographer’s camera, from its sheltered cove you can look out to the ocean and feel the breeze of the sea.

Pattern Notes
Beginning with a narrow Garter stitch border, the main part of this cowl is worked in two variations of the same pattern stitch. A Crochet Cast On is used to provide lots of stretch at the cast on edge (photo tutorial included); the cowl ends with a twisted mock cable bind off which is worked at right angles – a great place to practice backward knitting (photo tutorial included).

The striped effect in the sample is created by using a long colour transitioning yarn.

Photo shows 36” / 91.5cm size.

Both charts and written directions for charts are provided.

Stitch marker, tapestry needle


  • 5mm / US8 circular 16 - 48” / 41 - 122cm depending on size knit and method used (see Needle Notes) or size required to obtain gauge
  • 5 mm / US8 one DPN or same size as required to obtain gauge
  • 4.5mm / US7 crochet hook for Crochet Cast On or one size smaller than needle required to obtain gauge

Needle Notes
For knitting in the round, a variety of methods / needles may be used:
• one circular - 16” / 41cm for smallest size, 16” / 41cm or 24” / 61cm for second size, 32” / 81cm for two larger sizes or
• two circulars - 24” / 61cm or longer for two smaller sizes, 32” / 81cm or longer for two larger sizes for Two Circulars Method or
• one circular 36” / 91.5cm or longer for Travelling Loop or Magic Loop

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My sincerest thanks to some very talented test knitters who gave of their time and talents to make this pattern ever so much better:

Ravellers CraftyFlutterby, Woollykim, KateB660, Chau7, dragonxser, janetknitwitch, faeriepaw, bgow and marthajane

The shawl pin in the photo provided by Michelle’s Assortment.

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