This is the Chinle Cowl by Stephannie Tallent of Sunset Cat Designs. It’s a quick, fun, rhythmic knit and one of many close-fitting cowls that I’ve been knitting lately. As Tallent puts it, “the textured and stockinette chevron patterns really let your yarn talk!” The yarn “talking” here is the very articulate Crazy 8s from Gecko Yarns, a 100% merino, DK weight. Here’s a closer look without the distraction of my glass head and its vintage mohair stuffing.
The pattern calls for a worsted weight, but I decided to modify it for a DK. I cast on more stitches (143), used a size 5 US, and knit 5 chevron patterns. Tallent explains the math for the modification. I used 84 grams to complete the cowl.
Here’s the Chinle Cowl knit in the worsted that the pattern calls for: Anzula Cricket. Cricket is an 80% merino, 10% nylon, 10% cashmere concoction. It’s wonderful to work with. I had only a partial skein remaining, so I knit the small size. Even the small fits over my pumpkin head. My niece Kelly look great in it!
Here’s another look.