The Coracle Cowl is an ideal gift for those hard to please recipients: all the effortless style of a casually draped triangular shawl, with a shape that’s actually fuss free. Simply throw it on over any outfit and walk out the door ready for anything! Coracle is all about cosy, classic texture and is as warm and practical for more rugged outings as it is stylish. The snuggly woven-look fabric is surprisingly easy and incredibly satisfying to work using only a few simple stitches.
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Construction and inspiration
You’ll work Coracle flat, beginning at one upper corner and working diagonally to the opposite edge of the bottom triangle. The edges are shaped with simple increases and decreases. Before binding off you’ll work a ribbed border, which grows beautifully from the eyelet basketweave pattern and gives the bottom point a stylish asymmetric finish. After blocking you’ll complete the cowl with a short mattress stitch seam at the centre back.
A coracle is a small lightweight boat, which has been in use around the world since as far back as the early Bronze Age, and possibly the Ice Age. The size and shape varies but the traditional construction of a coracle is a round basketwork frame, held together with rope, and finished with a waterproof covering. With their woven construction, and heritage as the most likely first vessel used on water, Coracle feels like the perfect name for the first pattern in our collection of gifts to keep you and your loved ones cosy on adventures big or small.
Skills for knitting this project
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27 sts and 26 rows = 4” / 10cm in basket weave stitch
Width at top edge/ circumference at top approx: 25” / 62.5 cm
Depth at centre front approx: 24” / 60cm
Sport or light DK weight yarn.
450 yds / 410m
West Yorkshire Spinners Fleece BFL (100% Blue Faced Leicester, 246 yds / 225m, 100g) in Ecru.
Essence of Autumn Prairie Sport/DK (100% Superwash merino, 256 yds / 234m, 4oz / 115g) in Slate
Needles and notions
US 6 / 4mm 24” / 60cm or longer circular needle
Pdf file versions
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