Chumash Cowl Knitting Pattern by Karin Wilmoth

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In worsted weight yarn, the cowl is a little smaller and more manageable!
Chumash Cowl in Knits in Class Targhee Worsted

Chumash Cowl in Knits in Class Targhee Worsted

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 In the remote regions of the Los Padres National Forest, thousands year old art galleries hide in sandstone caves and overhangs. The rock art of the Chumash indians range from simple geometric designs – lines, circles, cross-hatching – to elaborate, sometimes bizarre anthropomorphic creatures. Archaeologists thing shamans created the paintings for ceremonial purposes to represent supernatural beings or forces. Many of the paintings clearly represent animals and events that the Chumash encountered in their everyday lives. Chumash Rock Art was created with 3 colors, 2 of which were made of rocks. This cowl is made with 3 colors as well, in a comfy, chunky yarn. The use of elongated slipped stitches over a contrasting stripe of garter stitch mimics the geometric shapes found in the caves, and in woven artifacts collected along the Santa Barbara cost and nearby islands. knit as a mobius, it can be worn as a long scarf, or doubled as a cowl, completely reversible.
Chumash Cowl in Knit Picks Cadena

Chumash Cowl in Knit Picks Cadena

Finished Size Width = 10”/25cm, circumference = 56”/140cm in bulky yarn. Width = 6”/15cm, circumference = 44”/112cm in worsted weight yarn.

In worsted weight yarn, the cowl is a little smaller and more manageable!

In worsted weight yarn, the cowl is a little smaller and more manageable!

Materials

Yarn: Knits in Class Targhee Worsted, 100% Domestic Targhee Wool; 550 yds/8oz: 1 skein each of Bloom (A), Truffle (B), and Hosta (C).

Yarn: Knit Picks Cadena, 70% Peruvian Highland Wool, 30% Superfine Alpaca; 110 yds/100g skein; 2 skeins Coal (B), and 1 skein each Mochi (A) and Natural (C).

In bulky weight yarn, the cowl is HUGE and perfect for a cold, snowy day!

In bulky weight yarn, the cowl is HUGE and perfect for a cold, snowy day!

Needles: US 11 (8.0mm) 47” or 60” circular needle for Knit Picks Cadena. US 9 (5.5mm) 47” or 60” circular needle for Knits in Class Targhee Worsted. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Knits in Class Targhee Worsted in Bloom, Truffle, and Hosta.

Knits in Class Targhee Worsted in Bloom, Truffle, and Hosta.

Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle.

Gauge 14 sts and 12 ridges = 4” (10cm) in Garter st for Knit Picks Cadena. 16 and 16 ridges = 4” (10cm) in Garter st for Knits in Class Targhee Worsted.

Knit Picks Cadena in Coal, Mochi, and Natural.

Knit Picks Cadena in Coal, Mochi, and Natural.

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Notes This pattern works best with contrasting colors — a light (color C), a medium (color A), and a dark (color B). When slipping wrapped stitches, slip the first st, and drop the extra wraps.

Designer Karin Wilmoth

Designer Karin Wilmoth

The Designer Karin teaches knitting at Anacapa Fine Yarns in Ventura, CA, and is a homeschool mom. She began her knitting journey 12 years ago in an insane attempt to knit socks (9 pairs – 1st projects ever) for the whole family in 3 months. Her natural ability to teach, combined with her nerdy love of Math humor, & Science, and her love of fine details inspire her to explore unusual knitting constructions. Whether it is top-down, sideways, circles or other geometrics, she enjoys creating knits that offer a different perspective. You can find her musings, and other knitterly ponderings at knittingkirigami.wordpress.com. For questions about this pattern, please contact Karin at karinknits@sbcglobal.net. 

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