Tidewater Cowl

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  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

Worn as a cowl, a smoke ring or a caplet, this pattern will add a little warmth and glamor whenever you wear it. Inspired by the crashing waves at our favorite dog-friendly beaches and worked in a delicate blend of merino and silk, this piece is both elegant enough for special occassions and functional enough for regular use.
This pattern was designed in conjunction with the Tidewater Shawl. The two will use up just under 2 skeins of Sundara Silky Merino, leaving plenty for swatching, knots or mistakes. Yardage is slightly rounded up to account for subtle differences in gauge.

Purchase just the shawl here or purchase both items at a reduced rate here.


Finished Size – Approximately 24" / 61 cm circumference at top (narrower end), 44 1/2" / 113 cm circumference at border, 19" / 48.5 cm long.

Note: Actual width and height will be impacted by gauge, choice of fiber and means of blocking. Lace blocked out wider will be less tall and vice versa. Fibers with less (or no) wool will block out more and continue to grow while yarns with more wool and/or nylon will tend to contract over time. Keep this in mind when preparing to knit your piece.


250 yd (1/2 skein) Sundara Fingering Silky Merino (50% Silk, 50% Merino) – 500 yd / 457 m, 5 ¼ oz / 150 g in Cerulean Seas.

May be substituted with almost any fingering weight yarn that is suited to being blocked. Wool, wool bends, silk, sea silk, linen or linen blends would all be suitable.


  • US 5 / 3.75 mm circular knitting needle in 16" / 40 cm length *
  • Stitch markers (1 to mark end of round and 8 to mark reps)
  • Tapestry needle
    * Or size to obtain gauge


18.25 sts x 26.5 rows over 4" / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch, worked flat, washed and laid flat to dry.

Gauge is not hugely important to the success of this project, but it may impact yardage requirements, and size of your finished piece. If you are gauge swatch averse, my gauge is on the looser side of average. If you know you knit tightly, you may wish to go up a needle size or two.

What you get

You are purchasing a PDF download. You will need a free copy of Adobe Acrobat to open and print the file. I accept Pay Pal payments only. This pattern is 7 pages plus a cover and is provided in color that should print well in black and white. To knit this pattern, you must have the following skills.

  • Knitting
  • Purling
  • Knitting in the round
  • Yarn over
  • Decreasing
  • Increasing
  • Blocking lace

Because of the nature of PDF downloads, I cannot offer refunds for purchases. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns before you buy. I want to make sure you only buy a pattern you really want. Thank you so much.

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