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Along the trail, colorful sandstone rocks rise above me. Their red tones beautifully contrast with the fresh green leaves of the deciduous trees and the dark green needles of the conifers. As the trail winds its way through the hills of the Eifel region, I pause to admire the landscape. The rock formations display fascinating layers of pebbles embedded in red stone, and artful clusters of holes called honeycomb weathering.
The Nidrea cowl is an ode to these geological formations and the artistic riches of Nature. The cowl features stitch patterns with special pass-over cables combined with airy and lacy cables. These create a winding, textured openwork reminiscent of pebbles and honeycomb weathering. Come explore the wonderful world of lacy cables and wrap yourself in elegance!
The cowl name, Nidrea, is derived from Nideggen, a town located in the German Eifel, red sandstone and honeycomb weathering that can be found on the buntsandstein trail.
For best effect, use a round yarn with good stitch definition. Yarn weights ranging from Fingering to DK would be suitable. As for colorways, I would recommend solid, semi-solid, speckled, or gradient (single skein or gradient set) yarns.
Shibui Knits Staccato (Fingering; 70% Merino, 30% Silk; 175 meters / 191 yards per 50 grams); 3 skeins; sample uses 134 grams in color Poppy.
Or any of these alternative yarns:
- Baah Yarn La Jolla (Fingering; 100% Merino; 366 meters / 400 yards per 115 grams); 2 skeins.
- Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply (Fingering; 100% Merino; 366 meters / 400 yards per 110 grams); 2 skeins.
- Koigu Premium Merino (KPM) (Fingering; 100% Merino; 160 meters / 175 yards per 50 grams); 3 skeins.
2.75 mm (US size 2) 80 cm / 32 inches circular needle or size to obtain gauge.
27.5 stitches and 42 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette stitch, unblocked.
23.5 stitches and 38.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in stitch pattern C – Red Sandstone, blocked.
Note: obtaining the gauge given is not crucial but will affect the finished size and the yardage needed.
Removable stitch markers: 1 in color A (beginning-of-round marker), 6 in color B (optional). Tapestry needle. Blocking pins. Blocking wires (optional).
One; easily customizable.
Circumference (c): 125 cm / 49.25 inches, height (h): 29 cm / 11.5 inches, see schematic.
Basic stitches, increases, decreases, cable stitches, mock cable stitches. Stitch pattern requiring some attention. Easy patterning on all rounds. Lace and cable patterning on odd rounds only. Working with a wide stitch repeat. Elastic BO.
Video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used (see Section Tutorials on page 6).
This pattern is worked in the round. The stitch count
remains constant throughout the whole pattern. Suggestions are given to customize the pattern.
Charts and written instructions are provided as well as clear video tutorials for the used stitches and techniques.
For questions about this pattern, please PM me on Ravelry or send me an email. Contact details are provided.
Thank you note
I’d like to send a big thank you to my truly awesome test knitters on Ravelry: Myllim. Thanks a lot for your time and dedication, for helping me make this pattern even better and for showing how the pattern would look like with different yarns!
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