The Bayview Cowl is available as a custom-gauge, custom-size pattern via my CustomFit pattern generator. Upon purchase, you’ll receive a credit for a custom version of BayView and instructions on how to create it.
I designed the Bayview Cowl for my 2018 make. wear. love. fall sweater retreat collection. Each retreat, I make a mini-collection of sweaters in yarns from our vendors, loosely focused around a theme. This year, the theme was ‘nurturing’: I wanted to create winter-worthy sweaters that would envelop us in warmth and love.
Bayview is worked in our vendor Indigodragonfly’s Wingenhooven DK – a deliciously drapey blend of wool, yak, and mulberry silk. This is yarn that deserves to be puddled around your neck in a soft hug – so I knew it wanted to be worked up into a cowl. I paired the cowl with an a-line shape and tunic length to balance it out; a perfect match for my favorite fall skinny jeans and boots.
Bayview can be made in any of CustomFit’s constructions, silhouettes and lengths, though – so you can make your own any way you like it.
The Bayview Cowl is available as a custom-gauge, custom-size pattern for the yarn and measurements of your choice via CustomFit. It’s shown here on Christy in a set-in sleeve construction and a women’s relaxed/oversized fit.
The Bayview Cowl is also available in the drop shoulder construction; hourglass, straight, and tapered silhouettes; and fits for men, women, and children.
Your own customized version of the Bayview pattern will be written to your gauge, whatever it may be. Any weight yarn will work well with this design, and you should swatch in Stockinette stitch.
I used Indigodragonfly’s Wingenhooven DK for this design, at a gauge of 22.5 stitches and 32 rows to 4” (10 cm). I used a US size 5 (3.75mm) needle to obtain this gauge, but your mileage may vary.
At this gauge, to make an a-line cowl as shown here, you’ll need approximately 6 (6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10) hanks of Wingenhooven DK to make a standard size 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)’’ / 76 (81.5, 86.5, 91.5, 96.5, 101.5, 106.5, 112, 122, 132, 142, 152.5) cm sweater. (Straight-sided and shorter sweaters will use less yarn!)
If you’re *not* using Wingenhooven DK, or you’re getting a different gauge, I strongly recommend the app Stashbot by Hannah Fettig for yardage estimations. (CustomFit will give you yardage estimates before you finalize your pattern, but Stashbot is available any time you’d like to buy yarn!)
The Bayview Cowl is worked in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed, with either a set-in sleeve or drop-shoulder construction.
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