Torcello Hat and Cowl

  • Featuring stranded colourwork knitted in the round, this hat and matching cowl are inspired by a mosaic pavement in Torcello, Venice. The cowl has a chevron lower edging and a knitted-on lace top edging. The hand-dyed yarns by The Border Mill imitate the mottled colours of the ancient marble.



    The Border Mill Alpaca Tweed (Light aran / worsted weight) 
    100% British alpaca, c. 190 m (208 yd) per 100g skein
    1 skein Biscuit (A)
    1 skein Ember (B)
    2 skeins Charcoal (C)



    4 mm / US 6 circular needle 40 cm /16” long. Set of 4 DPNs in gauge size for working centre of hat crown. Stitch marker. Tapestry needle for finishing. Extra large pom-pom maker (8-9 cm diameter)


    24.5 sts and 27.5 rounds to 10 cm / 4”



    Cowl: Length 30 cm / 12”. Circumference at top edge 65 cm / 26”. Circumference at lower edge 76 cm / 30”
    Hat: Circumference of hat brim 52.5 cm / 21” to fit head of 55-60 cm (22-24”)



    The pattern uses stranded colourwork, requiring the anchoring of longer yarn floats at the back of the work. Other techniques include two-colour German twisted cast-on and corrugated ribbing. Knowledge of the cable cast-on method is assumed.