Slender and swift birds loop high up in the air. Their high-pitched call resonates in my ears. Every summer, all summer long. Those are warm memories… These calls echo in my head, long after the birds have gone. Always on the move, from South to North and back, traveling thousands of kilometers, restlessly, tirelessly.
Svīre is the name of the Common Swift in Latvian, an amazing migratory bird that has punctuated my youth and oh so many warm summers. If a bird makes summer, it would be this one, undeniably!
The Svīre cowl is an elegant lacy and drapey cowl whose intricate patterns evoke birds in flight. Get ready for the great (lacy) journey ahead while wrapping yourself in comfort.
For best effect, use a drapey yarn with reasonably good stitch definition. Yarn weights ranging from lace and fingering to DK would be suitable. As for colorways, I would recommend solid, semi-solid, speckled, or gradient (single skein or gradient set) yarns.
The yarn originally used in this pattern has become hard to source. This pattern page therefore lists possible substitutes using the exact same yarn base. For more possible substitutes with the same yarn composition, check out this Ravelry search: https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/search#weight=fingering&fiberc=2&discontinued=no&ya=single-ply&fiber-content=silk%2Bmerino&sort=best&view=thumblist
How to pronounce “Svīre”: Click here
Rêves Pastel Yarns Paysages Fingering (Fingering, 70% Merino, 30% Silk, 400 meters / 437 yards per 100 grams); 1 skein; sample uses 70 grams in color Raspberry Red. (Previously sold as Secret Garden or Shleep Yarns)
Alternative yarns: The Uncommon Thread Silky Singles, Q-Lana Merino Silk single, Martin’s Lab Silky Singles.
3 mm (US size 2.5) 80 cm / 32 inches circular needle or size to obtain gauge.
26.5 stitches and 38.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette stitch, unblocked.
16 stitches and 32 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in stitch pattern C – The Journey, 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), 9 in color B (optional). Tapestry needle. Blocking pins. Blocking wires (optional).
One; easily customizable.
Circumference (c): 120 cm / 47.25 inches, height (h): 31 cm / 12 inches.
Basic stitches, single and double increases, decreases. Main stitch pattern requiring some attention. Lace patterning on odd rounds only. Easy patterning on even rounds. Elastic BO. Video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used.
This pattern is worked in the round. 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
Many thanks to Naomi Parkhurst of Gannet Designs who created an original stitch pattern used in this pattern.
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