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Endless Woods Cowl

Fun, cozy, and your new favorite thing to wear. Endless Woods Cowl is a warm, cozy cowl perfect for cold winter days. It features cables that represent the roots supporting the endless woods and slipped cross stitches that represent the beautiful trees within the woods.
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The techniques used in this pattern include cabling, slipping stitches, and I-cord bind off. This is a great project for an adventurous beginner who is confident working in the round and eager to learn some new stitches. More information on techniques can be found here.

Yarn requirements differ based on size but range from one 50-gram skeins of fingering weight held double with a 25-gram skein of mohair to two 100-gram skeins of fingering weight held double with one 100-gram skein of mohair.  If you choose to use DK weight instead, yarn requirements range from one to three 100-gram skeins of DK weight yarn. For more information on yarn requirements, click here.

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Walking through the forest, it’s silent, but it’s not. You can hear the cicadas chirping in the distance, the squirrels scampering around, a deer startled in the trees. You can hear your own breathing, your every footstep. The snap of a twig.

But it’s a serene type of noise. No sirens, no horns, no music, no yelling, no traffic.

The *most* obvious thing in our move to North Carolina was all of the trees. Little mini forests everywhere, even along the interstate around Charlotte! It gives such a lovely feeling of being close to nature even when you’re in the city.
Design Inspiration
The Endless Woods Cowl was inspired by the trees that seem to be everywhere and, when you leave the city, stretch on forever. The bottom half of the cowl uses a cabled texture to create a root texture, and the top half uses a slipped cross stitch motif to create the trees.
Endless Woods is one of four fingering weight knitting patterns included in the A New Home Collection inspired my new home, North Carolina.
The lovely combination of mohair and fingering weight yarns make for an extremely cozy and warm cowl. It is perfect for chilly nights spent outside watching the fireflies, when you want to pull something warm and cozy up around your neck.
It's also perfect for outdoor winter activities when you need an extra-cozy layer for under your winter coat. If you knit the long version with the large circumference, it triples as a hood, shoulder warmer, and neck warmer! Scroll down to "Pattern Specifics" for a photo :)
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Wearing the Shawl
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Do you love cables? You'll love the Endless Woods Cowl! The bottom half of the cowl is comprised entirely of a cable texture. The top half uses a slipped cross texture, which is basically a slightly different cable. 

These textures make the knit engaging, fun, and interesting to knit; but the textures are repeated, making it simple to follow.

Like some options in your knitting? The upper half (the trees section) includes five different tree motif options! Choose your favorite tree and use it for the whole cowl, or mix it up so your forest has some variety.

Knitting the Shawl
This cowl uses cables, slipped cross stitches (which is basically another type of cable), and an I-cord bind off. You have the choice to use an I-cord cast on if you'd like the bottom to match the top. Never knit cables or an I-cord bind off before? Don't worry! When I first tried cables, I thought they were going to be so difficult... but I was completely wrong. In fact, it was knitting cables that got me back into knitting!
All of my patterns include clear, step-by-step (written and charted) instructions with linked video technique tutorials that walk you through the pattern with confidence and joy. I am also available for pattern support if you have questions.
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Knitting Techniques
   Small (Medium, Large)
   Bottom Circumference: 21.5 (28, 34)           in / 54.5 (71, 86.5) cm
   Top Circumference: 18.5 (24.5, 31) in           / 47 (62, 79) cm
   Short (Medium, Tall)
   Length: 14.5 (21, 27.5) in / 37 (53.5,           70) cm
  200 (360, 580) yds / 185 (330, 530)        m; 50 (90, 145) grams fingering            weight yarn AND 230 (370, 600)        yds / 210 (340, 550) m; 25 (40,            65) grams lace weight mohair for          fingering weight and mohair held        double;
   OR 200 (360, 580) yds / 185 (330,          530) m; 87 (156, 252) grams DK          weight yarn
Designed using Hearts on Fiber MCN sock in Mangrove Forest and mohair/silk in Mahogany. Get color & yarn recommendations here.
   19 stitches, 21 rounds = 4 in / 10 cm           in roots section
   13 sts, 22 rounds = 4 in / 10 cm in             trees section
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   5.0 mm (US size 8) – or size needed          to obtain gauge – circular or                double-pointed needles, long                enough to hold the cowl                      circumference
   Cable needle
   Darning needle
   1 stitch marker
   Bottom up, in the round
Patten Specifics

*It is possible to work a different size for the Roots section than the Trees section. In total, there are nine size options. However, I've only provided yarn information for three sizes. These sizes are small circumference with short length (medium circumference with medium length, large circumference with tall length). Note that yarn usage will vary depending on both the circumference and length that you knit.

What Knitters Are Saying...

"It was such a fun and quick pattern. I love the options to do different trees. And, I like the whole idea of the root system and the trees design. Very clever. Very well done." - test knitter
"I loved making this beautiful cowl, it was so great to watch it come to life before my eyes and it has so much meaning to it. This is one of my most favourite knits." - test knitter
"I had a lot of fun, and hope to make some more, especially so I can play around with the tree alternatives!" - test knitter
"The pattern was very straight forward and easy to follow [...] I love all of the tree options! [...] This is such a beautiful and meaningful design and I loved every minute of putting this beauty together." - test knitter
"I loved the large and tall so that I have the option of the hood! So cute." - test knitter
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