Knitting: Obsessio Lace Cowl

Obsessio Lace Cowl

An Ethereal Summer Accessory

15 reviews

Obsessio is an ethereal lacy summer cowl meant to be worn draped over the shoulders or wrapped around the neck. This silk/mohair lace yarn is worked at a very loose gauge on large needles, which makes it akin to wrestling with butterfly wingsóthe perfect summer knit!

Obsessio starts with a provisional cast-on, and is worked in one long rectangle. The two ends of the rectangle are then grafted together to create the cowl shaping. The stitch pattern combines a modified feather and fan with fat cables on each outer edge. The juxtaposition of cables and lace creates an unexpected fabric that is simple to work and stunning to wear!



Skill Level:

level 3 difficulty


Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knitting
  • Purling
  • How to read a pattern
  • Basic lace stitches
  • Simple cable stitches


  • Pattern and instructions
  • Help from pattern designer anytime!
  • Step-by-step photos

Finished Size/Dimensions

  • 9" high x 40" around. The cowl can be made longer by working more repeats of the Obsessio pattern. Each repeat takes approximately 1.7 grams of yarn.

You Will Need:

  • US size 10.5 [6.5 mm] needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Lace-weight scrap yarn
  • Size K [6.5 mm] crochet hook
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

About the Designer:

Laura Nelkin

Laura Nelkin

I live in upstate New York, where the sunny season is short, leaving plenty of time to be indoors knitting. Despite holding a degree in apparel design from Cornell University, I took to knitting years ago and I havenít looked back. Currently, Iím enamored with lace and incorporating beads into knitted jewelry, so most of my designs lean in this direction. I travel often to teach these techniques and more at workshops around the country and online with Craftsy. I have a line of knitting kits, self-publish patterns and run mystery knit-alongs multiple times a year. You can find some of these designs in my book, Knockout Knits. When Iím not designing or knitting, Iím gardening, whipping up yummy feasts with my family and taking time to play! Recently, Iíve developed a healthy addiction to yoga ó and Iím determined to master a tripod headstand and handstand!

Reviews of this Workshop

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Excellent My Obsessio lace cowl  December 29, 2013

We'll it took me awhile, but I finally finished my cowl and I LOVE it... Was a challenge in the beginning,but once I got going it got easier. I think the real challenge was grafting it together... But I did it and it looks beautiful.

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Excellent Excellent in every regard  July 24, 2013

This was my first workshop and I couldn't be more pleased. Laura was helpful and the pattern was fun and rewarding to make. I had a slow start but once I bought some bamboo needles to help grip the yarn, I found the pattern easy and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to taking a class from Laura, She is an excellent teacher and her designs are beautiful!

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Good great project  July 14, 2013

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Excellent It truly is obsessive!  July 5, 2013

I loved working on this project. In the beginning, working with the yarn was challenging as it is so delicate and slippery, and I had to frog it after several rows. However, I tried again and got accustomed to the feel of the yarn.

I am a big fan of Laura's patterns, having made two of her shawls already. Her designs are always beautiful and her patterns are well-written. I wasn't sure this one would be "my style" but now that it's finished, I love it!!

The cable edging ...

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Excellent I wasn't disappointed  July 2, 2013

This was a fun, fun workshop knitting with a beautiful yarn and cowl pattern with a delightful instructor. I'm so happy I signed up to be a part of it all. Thank you.

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Excellent My first KAL was a HUGE success  June 30, 2013

I'm notorious for not finishing, so I thought I'd challenge myself with a KAL. I've shied away from mohair in the past, and had my concerns about this project.

I'm glad I was so wrong.

The pattern was fun and became easy to learn. I was so nervous the first four repeats because I didn't want to make any mistakes. Then everything clicked, and I relaxed, and my knitting looked a lot better.

It was amazing knitting this cowl. The pattern was fun, and the yarn ...

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Excellent Lovely project  June 28, 2013

Just finished. Will block and sew together tomorrow. Totally loved this project. Have never worked with lace before, but, will definitely work with it in the future. I will post pictures tomorrow. Thanks for the beautiful pattern

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Excellent Learned so much.  June 22, 2013

I didn't think I would like working with the Silk Mohair, but I was pleasantly surprised. The first few rows were a little difficult but once you had something to hold on to, it was a lot of fun.

I am glad that I signed up for this Mystery Knit. Thank you.

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Excellent Best workshop Ever!!  June 20, 2013

This workshop was fantastic! This is the first time I have ever done an online review of anything. I learned so much and wound up with a beautiful cowl that I never thought I could accomplish. Now I am trying to figure out what color to make my next one. Love the pattern, the end product, the help that was given, everything!

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Excellent Loved this knit along  June 18, 2013

I am finished and have absolutely loved this knit along. I swore I wouldn't do another one because I wasn't fond of the last one I did but took a chance when I saw Laura Nelkin was the designer.
The pattern is so lovely, easy to memorize and has just the right amount of interest.
Well done Laura. Thank you for a beautiful pattern which I know I will make again.

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Average Finished cowl  June 13, 2013

I am done so glad it is finished I love it thanks to all for the help and to Laura for the whole experience. It has made me a better knitter.

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Average Difficulty with needles  June 13, 2013

I have been using straight 10.5 needles metal and have had one slip out more times than I can say.grrrrr. So I bit the bullet and bought a set of circular needles waiting on delivery. My knitting buddy Alexis has been using her circular ones and is having better luck with circular. I have made socks and baby booties with tiny ones. I like them better. And I have frogged my cowl yet again messed up some where and had 4 more stitches than needed probably when the needle dropped out. It is my ...

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Excellent Fun project  June 11, 2013

And a great introduction to Craftsy! I enjoy the format. Laura Nelkin's projects are always a treat to do--both a challenging and fun learning experience. Well done!

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Excellent I loved everything!  June 7, 2013

Laura Nelkin's pattern is written so wonderfully that it makes it a breeze to read and knit from, while still being a tad more involved (which is perfect for the type of knitter that I am). The yarn was such a joy to work with, it's super soft and drapes beautifully. I love working with very light-weight yarn and I love lacework of any kind. Ultimately, I loved everything!! xox

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Excellent Challenging  June 7, 2013

I would consider this KAL a challenging learning experience. First, the yarn is like playing with Fairy wings. It is so light and ethereal. Then the cables on the edge of the pattern and the double yo's. They say you learn by doing. I definitely learned a lot in this well taught class. Laura is very thorough in her instructions and if you really run into trouble will go so far as to make and post a video on her blog. She wants everyone to be successful. In my book that is one great big plus for ...

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