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Carla Pera on craftsy.com
Los Angeles, CA USA

My mom taught me how to knit, sew and crochet when I was a girl. It's all part of who I am. I like to design things that are elegantly simple, not too difficult, but also might teach you something ...

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Polonaise Lace Cowl

from Carla Pera Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Polonaise Lace Cowl
Polonaise Lace Cowl
Polonaise Lace Cowl
Polonaise Lace Cowl
Polonaise Lace Cowl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knitting on a lace edging
  • Knitting in the round
  • Knit 2 together, knit 3 together
  • Provisional cast on
  • Kitchener stitch or 3-needle bind-off
  • Yarn over

Pattern Description:

This lacy cowl begins with a provisional cast on and is knit in one piece in the round. The main body is worked in a simple dropped stitch pattern, and then the edgings are worked perpendicularly to the body. No bind off is needed because the live stitches are consumed as the edging is knit on.

The pattern is a little bit challenging, but I have provided technique descriptions with hyperlinks to help you learn new skills.

Because both sides of the main stitch pattern are attractive and the edgings are completely reversible, there is no particular right or wrong side or top or bottom edge. The cowl can be worn in many ways.

The pattern is designed for yarn with long, slow color transitions, such as Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi and Knit Picks Chroma Fingering. The subtle color blending is achieved by working alternate rows with two colors. Each edging is worked using only one of the colors.

Charts and written instructions are provided and the pattern has been tech edited and test knit.


16 st/25 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in pattern stitch, blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 47.5 inches (121 cm) circumference x 16.5 inches (42 cm) high


  • 300-325 yd (274-297 m) each of two colors of fingering/4 ply/super fine yarn
  • US 8 (5 mm): 24 inch (60 cm) circular needle

You Will Also Need:

  • Waste yarn or spare circular needle for provisional cast on
  • Yarn needle, row counter, ring marker

Suggested yarn:

650 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Chroma Fingering


MIdwinter and Galapagos