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You can call me Kat. I lived and worked around the country, until happily settling in Portland, OR in 2009. My love of knitting blossomed back in 1998, adding to an ever-growing list of creative ...

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Stratosphere Cowl

from Katherine Leek knitting patterns
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Stratosphere Cowl
Stratosphere Cowl
Stratosphere Cowl
Stratosphere Cowl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • increase
  • decrease

Pattern Description:

In the Pacific Northwest, we 're known for many things, including our rainy weather. It gets some folks down, but I keep my mood afloat by recalling my time in Botswana. Rain is so precious there that the word for rain, pula, also means 'blessing'. The phrase ke nelwa ke pula literally translates as "I'm being soaked by the rain" but what it means is "I am blessed". I really like that, and I try to remember it whenever I'm sloshing through the puddles and grumbling.

The diagonal lines of this cowl remind me of driving rain, but the optimist in me named it 'stratosphere' as that is the layer of the earth's atmosphere above the one where all the clouds and rain happen. Put on this cowl and join me there.

Skill level - Advanced beginner (knitting in the round, basic lace).


24 sts = 4" in stockinette st

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approx. 22" around by 7" tall.


  • Size US 4 needle for knitting in the round (16" is recommended)

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch Marker

Suggested yarn:

385 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knitted Wit Cashy Wool

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