Landsford Canal Cowl


The Landsford Canal Cowl is knit in the round with a repeating cable and 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. Also included is a checklist version of the pattern.

The pattern is available for sale on Ravelry for $5 (you don’t have to be a member).

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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.

Background: The Landsford Canal originated as a trading route running from the Atlantic coast to the Foothills of South Carolina.  The Canal was built in 1820 to allow vessels to avoid the rough and rocky water of the Catawba River and is one of a few surviving canals today.

Supplies Needed:

  • Yarn
    • Approximately 420 yards fingering weight yarn. Shown in One Twisted Tree Prime (75% superwash merino & 25% nylon, 460 yards, 3.53oz/ 100g) in the colorway Miss Fisher’s Pearl Handled Pistol.  Other suggested yarns include Cascade Heritage, Dream in Color Smooshy, Knit Picks Stroll or Madelinetosh Twist Light.  You can visit and buy from One Twisted Tree here.
  • Needles
    • Size US 5 (3.75mm), or size needed to obtain gauge, circular needle in a length of 24″/60 cm.
  • Other Materials
    • Crochet hook – Size US 13 (0.9mm)
    • 15 grams or 224 size 6/0 beads
    • At least 1 stitch marker
    • Cable needle
    • Tapestry needle
    • Blocking pins


Other Pattern Information:

  • Finished Measurements
    • After Blocking
      • 70″  circumference
      • 7.5″ height
  • Gauge (all over 4”/10cm)
    • Pattern: 16 stitches & 36 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.