Florence Cathedral Cowl

CThe Florence Cathedral Cowl is knit in the round with a repeating lace pattern and beads. It uses one skein of sock yarn, perfect for that single skein you can’t decide how to use. You can wear your cowl double looped as a casual mid-chest cowl or triple looped for a snugly neck warmer. The stitch pattern is provided in a chart, as well as written out, and percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your cowl.

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In addition to a background on the name of the pattern, details regarding gauge, yarn, needles, beads and measurements are listed below, with several photos.

EBackground: The Florence Cathedral, also known as Il Duomo di Firenze and Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, is a cathedral dating back to 1436. The basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches and it remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.

Supplies Needed:

  • Yarn
    • Approximately 400-440 yards/366-402 meters fingering weight yarn. Shown in Malabrigo Sock (100% merino, 440 yards/402 meters, 3.53oz/100g) in the coloway Tiziano Red.   Other suggested yarns include Cascade Heritage Silk, Dream in Color Smooshy, Madelintosh Sock, or Plucky Primo Fingering.
  • Needles
    • Size US 6 (4.0mm) circular needle in a length of 24″/60 cm or 32″/81 cm, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Other Materials
    • Crochet hook – Size US 12 (1.00mm)
    • 25 grams or 210 size 6/0 beads
    • 1 stitch marker
    • Tapestry needle
    • Blocking pins


Other Pattern Information:

  • Finished Measurements
    • After Blocking
      • 66″/168 cm circumference
      • 8″/20 cm height
  • Gauge (all over 4”/10cm)
    • Ribbing: 17 stitches
    • Pattern: 16 stitches & 30 rounds

The cowl is blocked aggressively. Meeting exact gauge is not crucial but may affect the final dimensions. Gauge is provided to assist with determining an appropriate needle size for you.