Sunday, November 4, 2012

Unisex Syrinx Shells

With all the craziness of the past week, I never got to properly post about my newly-released pattern, Syrinx Shells!

Malabrigo Yarn Rasta, colorway Arco Iris
Knit with a super bulky Merino wool yarn, the Syrinx Shells cowl works up quickly and is crazy soft and warm. It features an interesting-to-work elongated Estonian shell stitch pattern that really enhances variegated yarns while the simple lace and slipped stitch cables provide a nice edging.

The sample cowl used the entire 90 yards of Rasta and measured 9" wide and 30" long after blocking. One of my favorite aspects of this pattern is its flexibility in finishing. You can choose a colorful ribbon to tie it off with a feminine touch:

Malabrigo Yarn Rasta, colorway Indiecita
Or you can choose to close the cowl with a couple of large buttons. My friend Jeremie knit a masculine version using a darker colorway of Rasta and some really great wooden toggles:

Malabrigo Yarn Rasta, colorway Soriano
I just love the way the buttons coordinate! For his cowl, he put the buttons along the cabled edge and closed them through the yarnover holes in the lace. There is plenty of flexibility regarding button placement, so experiment!

Malabrigo Yarn Chunky, colorway Stone Blue
One of my other testers, Katie of the Katherine the Great blog, knit her version using Malabrigo Chunky, proving that if you don't have any super bulky yarn on hand, you can still get a great-looking cowl out of 80-90 yards of slightly thinner bulky yarn and that it looks just as nice in a solid colorway. The thinner the yarn you use, the skinnier your cowl will be, but you can adjust it as needed for length.

So who's ready to grab their Size 15 (10.0mm) straight needles and some big-ass yarn and cast on? The pattern is available for $4.00 on both Ravelry and Craftsy, or you can purchase it by clicking the button below.



  1. Very cute! I have a weakness for soft and squishy bulky yarn in pretty colors, and I never want to get the many skeins it takes to make a larger project, so this is perfect.

    1. Thank you! I think bulky yarn + one skein patterns are just perfect little projects. Nothing like instant gratification!

  2. I am in love with the colorway you used! Congrats on yet another beautiful design!

  3. Wow! You're going to town with your beautiful designs. If I run out of time with my gift knitting, I may have to use this pattern.

  4. Wow it's gorgeous! Congrats! : ) I love the bow too!


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