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I'm a knitter, spinner, indie knitwear designer and indie yarn dyer - my designs focus on accessories, especially shawls and scarves of all shapes and sizes. I love exploring the possibilities of ...

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Raritan Cowl

from Apple Tree Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Raritan Cowl
Raritan Cowl
Raritan Cowl
Raritan Cowl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, yo, k2tog, ssk
  • Knit in the round

Pattern Description:

"The Raritan River is not remarkably large, nor possessed of any spectacular features, and yet in its sinuous winding through the wooded surroundings it achieves a simple beauty. The beauty of this cowl is likewise in its simplicity - an easy lace pattern looks equally attractive (though very different) on both sides, and just a touch of ribbing gives it a gentle hourglass shape which drapes perfectly. Though I have chosen a variegated colorway that reminds me of the Raritan on a fall day, this pattern looks equally elegant in solid and handpainted yarns."

The Raritan Cowl is simple enough for confident beginners, and a great choice for new lace knitters. For knitters with more experience, this is a great tv knitting project to complete in an evening or two. The skills required include knitting in the round, k1p1 ribbing, yo, k2tog, and ssk. A ribbed cable cast-on is recommended, but a stretchy cast-on method can be substituted if desired.

Please note, yarn requirements are as follows:

Small - 115 yds
Medium - 130 yds
Large - 145 yds


18 sts by 14 rows = 4 in (10 cm) in lace pattern

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • This cowl is available in small (17 in by 10 in ), medium (19 in by 10 in) and large (21 in by 10 in). Size shown is medium, and model is 5'3" tall.


  • US # 8 (5 mm) 16 in circular needles, or size to obtain gauge

You Will Also Need:

  • 1 stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

Suggested yarn:

145 yards of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend