lichen cowl

I was recently given the fun opportunity to try out a skein of Big Squeeze by Ancient Arts Yarn, a bulky weight 3-ply superwash merino whose name fits it to a t: squishy soft and squeezable from skein to fabric. The yarn is available in many beautiful hand-dyed colors. It also held up extremely well to my repeated swatching and frogging as I was obsessed with finding the perfect stitch pattern to highlight this beautiful Inuit Art colorway. After settling on the wild oats pattern, it was just a matter of time before I was sporting my new cowl. Isn't knitting with bulky yarn super fast and fun? The colors in this skein totally reflect the island that I call home, especially in wintertime. Moody greys & blues of the Chesapeake Bay interplay with the greens, browns, golds & purples of the wetland plants & flowers. I will be joyfully wearing this cowl on my winter hikes on the cross island trail.

To knit your own lichen cowl, you will need:

*1 skein of Big Squeeze
*16 inch circular needle size 10.5 (6.5mm) or size required to obtain gauge
*Cable needle
*Gauge in stockinette stitch = 4 stitches per inch
*Finished dimensions = 20 inch circumference x 8.5 inches tall

3x1 ribbing: *knit 3, purl 1*


Wild Oats pattern stitch: (multiple of 4 stitches)
rounds 1 & 2: *k2, slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in back, k1*
round 3: *slip 2 stitches onto cable needle & hold in back, k1, k2 from cable needle, k1*
round 4: knit to end of round, remove marker, knit 1 stitch, replace marker.
rounds 5 & 6: *k1, slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in back, k2*
round 7: *k1, slip 1 stitch onto cable needle & hold in front, k2, k1 from cable needle*
round 8: knit to 1 stitch before end of round, slip stitch purlwise to right needle, remove marker, move slipped stitch back to left needle, replace marker.


Cast on 80 stitches, place marker, join to work in the round.

Knit 3x1 ribbing for a total of 3/4 inch from cast on (4 rounds).

Switch to Wild Oats pattern stitch and knit a total of 5 pattern repeats. Then knit rounds 1 to 3 of Wild Oats pattern stitch, ending after round 3.

Knit 3x1 ribbing for a total of 3 rounds.

Bind off in 3x1 ribbing. Wear with a smile :)


  1. Ooh, I wanna steal your new cowl! I like the colors and how it's smooshy lookin'. Thank you so much for sharing about Tet; I totally wanna come over and celebrate with you. And thank you for your well wishes for E. He's in a better place today than last night for sure.

  2. You are the queen of cowls lately. I must get more of the queue on the needles myself. But first, must finish sweater and blanket!

  3. Pretty texture, perfect for that colorway and yarn! You're wearing that Aida aren't ya, ha!

  4. That pattern works perfect with the yarn, nice job! I love how the skein looks all knit up, it's always a bit of an adventure is the yarn is a bit variegated, isn't it?

  5. Love the stitch pattern. It's definitely not easy to find the perfect stitch pattern for the variegated yarn! Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. I'm knitting with Big Squeeze at the moment, too! I love your choice of the Inuit Art colourway, it's stunning, especially in your beautiful cowl design!

  7. Cozy and fun! That texture really makes this colorway amazing!!

  8. Lovely, great stitch pattern for that yarn. Thanks for sharing!!


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