Greywacke is a thick, chunky cowl inspired by sedimentary rocks composed of feldspar, quartz, and clay. They are commonly found in Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and England, where a cowl like this would usefully shield you from the wind and rain.
Yarn: Approximately 300 yards of bulky weight yarn, held triple-stranded. Shown in Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky (85% wool/15% alpaca; 100g/141yd per skein) in Grey (above) and Cascade 128 (100% wool; 100g/128yd per skein) in natural (#8010) – below.
Other options: Cascade Magnum, Twinkle Soft Chunky, Classic Elite Aspen or any super-bulky yarn, held single-stranded.
Needles: Size 19 circular
Notions: stitch marker, yarn needle for weaving in ends.
Gauge: Not crucial, but approximately 1.5-2st/inch in Greywacke stitch pattern.
Greywacke is knit in the round, using a simple pattern.
Cast on 48 stitches using long-tail method.
Optional: To make the twist (shown in the cream colored version), rotate the first stitch one full turn around the needle.
Place marker, and join to work in the round.
Knit 1 row, then begin pattern, which is a 6 row repeat:
Row 1: *k1, p2; repeat from * to end of round
Row 2, 4, and 6: knit
Row 3: p2, *k1, p2; repeat from * to end of round; end k1.
Row 5: p1, *k1, p2; repeat from * to end of round (you'll end with a k1, p1).
Repeat Rows 1-6 until cowl measures approximately 8” in length.
Weave in ends. You may also spritz the cowl with water and toss it in the dryer for a few minutes to make it softer and denser.