Basilico Cowl and Mitts

  • Featuring stranded colourwork and twisted stitches in stripes of two colours, with Channel Island cast-on and bind-off edges, these mitts and cowl are inspired by the striped architecture of Italian churches such as the Duomo of Orvieto.


    The Border Mill Alpaca Rose, 50% Alpaca, 50% Rose Fibre
    175 m (191 yd) per 50g skein
    2 x 50g skeins Electrum (A)
    2 x 50g skeins Pewter (B)
    The mitts or cowl may be made using one skein of each colour but, depending on gauge, a second skein of A and/or B may be required for the cowl.


    Cowl - 3 mm / US 2.5 circular needle, 40 cm / 16” length
    Mitts - 3 mm / US 2.5 preferred needles for small diameter knitting.
    Stitch markers, stitch holder, tapestry needle for finishing

    Cowl - 34 sts and 34 rnds to 10 cm / 4”
    Mitts - 43 sts and 38 rounds to 10 cm / 4”


    Cowl - Length 24 cm / 9.5”, circumference 59 cm / 23.5”
    Mitts - Two sizes: Length 16 cm / 6.5”, palm circumference 19.5 (21.5) cm / 8” (8.5”)
    The smaller mitts are shown on a hand with palm circumference 19 cm / 7.5”


    The pattern uses stranded colourwork along with increases/decreases (cowl) or twisted stitches (mitts) to create slanting stripes in alternating colours. 
    Other techniques include corrugated ribbing (cowl) and Channel Island cast-on and matching bind-off for a decorative edge.
    Knowledge of backward loop cast-on method is assumed.