Capucha Del Desierto

"Desert Cowl"
Methodology: knit in the round to collar which is then knit back and forth, seamless
Sticks: US9 DPN's, US11 24" circular
Fiber: bulky wt. ribbon yarn, bulky wt. wool/acrylic blend, DK merino (held double)
Gauge: 15 sts & 22 rows = 4"/10 cm (bulky wt. with largest needle)
Size: One size fits all
Price: $3.00 USD

Have you ever deamed a yarn “hideous” and “unusable,” then opened up a magazine or website only to discover something amazing knitted in the exact same yarn? I sure have! You then reach a very humbling resignation--the problem wasn’t with the medium, but with the lack of your imagination and creativity. I drew from that learning experience when I recently found a few skeins of ribbon yarn in my stash I had purchased several years ago on clearance post the big novelty yarn phase. I was determined to challenge myself--to push my design abilities to the limit. The end result was something I love and I’m excited to share!

I've been inspired by all of the man shawls, cowls and wraps I've seen everywhere lately! It's nice to witness a broadening of traditional masculine garment boundaries. I wanted to design something unisex in the similar vein to a mawl, but with a little more versatility that I could wear with jeans and boots or a casual dress sport coat. The capucha can be worn in several different ways depending on how much slack you allow in the icord ties and is a lot of fun to knit. It almost serves as a knitting sampler of sorts packed with several knitting techniques (i.e., icord bind-off, applied icord, cables, ribbing, eyelets, paired increases/decreases, short rows, etc.) that could be practiced and developed for use in larger, more advanced knitting projects. It's also a great stash buster! The pattern will be released on 9/15/10 on Ravelry and under the "Patterns for Sale" page.

The main body is knit with ribbon yarn, but can be substituted with a bulky weight wool. The patterning includes vertical cables and eyelets which serve as channels for the I-cord ties to be laced through. They add functionality and versatility to the accessory, as well as contributing to the overall esthetic. The ribbed collar is knit in a soft merino in a 2x2 ribbing with a few short rows towards the corners. When loosely laced, you can wear the Capucha as a wrap or mawl. When the ties are cinched you have a beautiful cowl. An applied button loop adds to the function and helps abate cool winter winds.


  1. Very cool, Millard! You talented boy you :)

  2. I cannot wait to buy this pattern! I want to make this!!


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