EarthSea Cowl by Luise O'Neill

EarthSea Cowl

January 2009
21 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
710 yards (649 m)
Circumference: 32" / 81 cm; Height: 19" / 48 cm
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♫ The Music ♫
Earthsea is a series of fantasy books written by the Ursula K. Le Guin. In the early 2000s, an anime movie was created, inspired by Le Guin’s books, and Aoi Teshima sings the beautiful and heartfelt Therru’s Song (Teru No Uta).

The blue of the sea meets earthy greens as the lace pattern captures the lapping ocean waves and the cables remind one of the gnarled tree trunks of the ancient forests.

These sea-earth elements are mirrored in the scalloped Latvian Twist cast on (picture tutorial included) and the Rolled Hem Bind Off. Wear it with either side up or down for two completely different looks from the same pattern. In white, this cowl would be the perfect accent to a winter wedding.

The pattern incorporates an easy lace / cable combination. It is a wonderful introduction to lace and cable knitting – simple enough not to intimidate the beginner yet the finished design is impressive. For the experienced knitter it is a quick knit with stunning results.

Lace and cable pattern is charted^ with written directions provided.

Circumference: 32” / 81 cm
Length: 19” / 48 cm

710yds / 650m Fleece Artist Somoko (65% merino, 20% kid, 10% nylon, 5% silk; 355 yds / 325m per 115g ball):

355yds / 325m in each of two colourways: Blue colourway (Blue Lagoon) and Green colourway

  • (2013) Fleece Artist Somoko has been discontinued since the original publication of this pattern. Somoko was a hand-dyed yarn and so exact colour matches to the model may be challenging. The blue yarn used in this model varied from almost white to cyan; the green from almost white through mint to mid-green.

Knit in the round; no seaming. The Latvian Twist Cast On is worked flat; then work is joined in the round. Work begins with one colour, a transition area in the middle interlaces both colours and then the cowl is finished in the second colourway.

Tech Editors: RedSquirrel; FirSprite.
Charting Software: Stitchmastery.

March 16, 2020 Update: Today’s V2.0 update is cosmetic only, transferring this pattern to our new Impeccable Knits template.

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