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I've dabbled in most crafts, but now, I mostly I design knitwear. Always pushing to be more imaginative and innovative, I combine thoughtful details and techniques to create a beautiful product that ...

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Volterra Cowl

from Rachel Erin Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Volterra Cowl
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • yarn over
  • ssk
  • ssp
  • k2tog
  • seam or graft

Pattern Description:

For this cowl, I created a stitch pattern that would fold and roll like the dramatic hills around the ancient Etruscan town of Volterra.

Working an odd number of rows in simple lace makes a fabric that moves in two directions, both with the diagonals of the decreases, and in pleats. The result is a strip that can be made into a moebius or classic tube, forming a cozy accessory.

The pattern has the option of using either a super bulky yarn (the blue-green sample shown used exactly 1 skein of Rasta), or about 120 yards of a Aran/bulky weight yarn (brown sample, handspun).

Because of the odd number of rows in the Herringbone Lace, the knit side and purl side of the stitch pattern alternate as the strip is knitted, making a fabric that is fully reversible without a right or wrong side.


10 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches in Reversible Herringbone Lace with super bulky yarn

Pattern also provides options for bulky/aran yarn.

Suggested yarn:

90 yards of Bulky weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Malabrigo Rasta



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