Tall Grass by Larissa Brown

Tall Grass

January 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch with larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
250 - 500 yards (229 - 457 m)
Small (Medium, Large): cowl height = 9”/23 cm (adjustable); circumference at top = 25” (29”, 33”)/63.5 (74, 84) cm; circumference at bottom = 38” (42.5”, 47”)/96.5 (108, 119.5) cm
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Tall Grass is a somewhat lacy, somewhat squishy, quite versatile piece that can be worn down over the shoulders or as a loose cowl. (See below for notes on yarn and sizing.)

It’s knitted in a shape I like to think of as a space capsule cowl – wider around the bottom than the top (sort of resembling a NASA landing module!) This allows for Tall Grass to be worn as in the photo, or as a cowl that hangs looser around the neck, but with minimal gaping.

Tall Grass is a “reimagined” design – one that expands on a past design of mine. In this case, the very simple Grassy cowl from many years ago, which is worked all in this super simple lace. Tall Grass extends the Grassy design to add Garter sections above and below.

Both versions can easily be adapted to fit any size, because they are based on repeating a fundamental lace pattern that is suitable for lace beginners.

Since the two designs are related, if you purchase this document, it includes instructions for both. I hope you make one and get to play with some gorgeous yarn!

Yarn & Sizing

This pattern requires a main color DK weight yarn, plus a contrasting DK color, such as the scraps I’ve used, to make the lace section.

The pattern can be adjusted for any circumference, but the sizes given are listed above.

  • For Small, you will need one skein of Priestess, plus scraps.
  • For Medium or Large, you will need two skeins, plus scraps.

If you would like the cowl to drape more, please note: The sample shown is Small, worn with 2” negative ease around the shoulders. That is, the cowl is 38” in circumference, and my shoulders are about 40”. To be sure your cowl fits the way you wish, I recommend making a gauge swatch and adjusting the stitch count if needed.