The Santa Cruz Mountains Cowl

April 22, 2020

There is a new permanent addition in our entry way: a stroller. It's set up at all times and ready to go at a moment's notice. There is a medium sized bottom compartment that is filled to its brim with an assortment of hats and scarves, a cowl, a shawl, a blanket; all of them woolly and all knitted by me. There's also several baseball caps and a sunhat, a water bottle and an extra pair of sunglasses. When we leave for our morning walk we bundle up in layers, then an hour or two later, as the morning eases closer to early afternoon and the sun begins to burn through the clouds, we start to remove the layers and often end up wearing baseball caps and sun hats. Since Carter has my cowl on most mornings, I thought he should be my cowl model. He loves that cowl and when I ask him if his neck feels chilly he'll say, "Yes Grammy. I think I need the cowl." He's TWO! This is what happens when grammy is a knitter--a two year old knows what a cowl is.

For said cowl I used approximately 300 yards each of Spincycle's Dyed In The Wool sport in Ghost Ranch and Rowan's Superfine Merino 4 ply in Marble. I absolutely loved knitting it. It's an easy going mosaic stitch pattern from adorable Andrea Mowry. Both yarns are bouncy and lovely to knit plus scrupulously soft against bare skin.

I knitted one less repeat to make the cowl smaller and lie closer against the neck. I didn't need a loopy cowl for show, I needed one that would stay close to the neck to keep me warm. 

I named my cowl the Santa Cruz Mountains Cowl because that is the mountain range we see when we are on our little walk. 


Andrea Mowry's pattern for the Montana Mountain Cowl
Spincycle Dyed in the Wool


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  1. Oh my goodness! Cutest model ever!

  2. Carter sure has an eye for accessories!

  3. We could all use a beaming Carter smile in our lives right now, Kristin. Thanks for sharing! This cowl is the first knitting pattern I've really liked that would utilize my collection of KPPPM mini skeins that has been resting comfortably in my stash for about a decade. Do you suppose you could treat us to a photo of you yourself in your cowl? It would be delightful to see you in all those colors. Chloe


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