Memory Keeper by Thien-Kieu Lam

Memory Keeper

February 2024
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
21.5 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in Twisted Stitch Motif
US 7 - 4.5 mm
200 - 226 yards (183 - 207 m)
1 (2)
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Accessibility: This pattern includes an additional digital pdf in an easy-to-read format. The easy-to-read format is written in 22 point sans serif font (Arial) in all black text, in a single column. It has no italics. All of the directions are fully written out. No charts are used for this version.

The double helix motif of the Memory Keeper cowl represents the stories and memories entrusted to us–shared so that they will not be forgotten.

The cowl is worked in the round, beginning and ending with 2 by 2 ribbing. The lines of each double helix are created with twisted stitches.

Pattern includes both charted and written instructions. Techniques required: knitting in the round, twisted stitches.


Sizes: 1 (2)
Circumference: 22.5 (25.5)” / 57 (64.5) cm
Depth: 9.5” / 24 cm

Shown in size 1.


Approximately 200 (226) yds / 183 (207) m in worsted weight yarn

Shown in Imbue by Brooklyn Tweed (100% American merino wool; 104 yds / 95 m per 50 g skein). Color: Vapor; 2 (3) skeins

Note: The size 1 sample used almost all of the second skein. Consider purchasing an additional skein to account for personal differences in knitting.


One repeat of the Twisted Stitch Motif (8 sts x 20 rnds) measures 1.5” / 4 cm in width and 2.75” / 7 cm in length, after blocking


US 7 / 4.5 mm circular needles:

  • 20” / 50 cm long, for size 1
  • 24” / 60 cm long, for size 2

Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge after blocking.


stitch marker
tapestry needle

Photography: Rhett Clement
Tech editing: Dawn Catanzaro