Stratosphere Cowl Pattern

Introducing the Stratosphere Cowl Pattern, designed by Kat Buckspan. This pattern was originally released as part of the Twisted Cowl Club in September 2012. Now it can be yours either as a hard copy from our shop or our webstore, or electronically from Ravelry.



In the Pacific Northwest, we’re known for many things, including our rainy weather. It gets some folks down, but I keep my mood afloat by recalling my time in Botswana. Rain is so precious there that the word for rain, pula, also means ‘blessing’. The phrase ke nelwa ke pula literally translates as “I’m being soaked by the rain” but what it means is “I am blessed”. I really like that, and I try to remember it whenever I’m sloshing through the puddles and grumbling.

The diagonal lines of this cowl remind me of driving rain, but the optimist in me named it ‘stratosphere’ as that is the layer of the earth’s atmosphere above the one where all the clouds and rain happen. Put on this cowl and join me there.

Yarn – 385 yards fingering weight yarn. Shown in: Dark blue version: Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere (70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon), colorway Dark Current. Light blue version: Black Trillium Fibre Studios Trinity (discontinued).
Gauge – 24 sts = 4 inches/10 cm over stockinette stitch.
Needles – US #4/3.5mm 16” circular needle or size to get gauge.
Notions – Stitch marker, tapestry needle.
Skill level – Advanced beginner (knitting in the round, basic lace).
Size/Finished measurements – One size fits most. 22” around and 7” tall.