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Charlottesville, Virginia

I learned to knit at the tender age of eight, and there was no stopping me. I spent decades knitting all kinds of garments for family and close friends. In 2005, I opened the online yarn shop ...

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Rushmore Cowl

from Nancy Whitman Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Rushmore Cowl
Rushmore Cowl
Rushmore Cowl
Rushmore Cowl

Pattern Description:

Rushmore Cowl is knit in the round in one piece. It's unique texture is created by staggered pleating of horizontal purl stitch bands. The purl stitches can be further emphasized by working them in a contrast color, but the design is effective in either one or two colors. The pleats make Rushmore warm and cozy and, as one tester described it, "the pleating is addictive!"

This is a quick and easy knit, and it is easily managed by an advanced beginner. The actual knitting is simply stripes of stockinette and reverse stockinette. The pleating is what makes the design. The pattern contains a photo tutorial that clearly explains the procedure for creating pleats. Pattern is easily modified into a longer infinity cowl, a flat scarf or, by removing one pattern repeat, a cowl with a circumference 20.5 inches.


23 stitches/28 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch unblocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Circumference 24"/61cm
  • Height: 8"/20.3 cm

You Will Also Need:

  • 1 US size 4/3.5 mm circular needle at 24"/60cm long for cast on only
  • 1 US size 6/4.0 mm circular needle at 24"/60cm long
  • 1 US #2/2.75 mm double pointed needle to work pleat
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle