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Sierra Sunset Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

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We just love Sweet Grass Wool's lofty, soft, and lightweight Mountain Silk DK yarn! It's precisely the texture and feel of this yarn that inspired this design. In the high desert, spring is often comprised of warm days and cold evenings, so this cowl fits the bill as the perfect shoulder-season neck warmer. This cowl features a simple garter stitch pattern, rapid increases, short-row shaping, and a border of Shell Lace that adds a little bit of elegance to the cowl.
The name is inspired by the stunning sunsets that we are lucky to have in Reno on an almost daily basis. The evening sky is often painted with colors of coral and pink as the sun sinks over the mountains. The "Ember" color we chose for this cowl is reminiscent of that sky. The softly curving lace pattern mimics the natural curvature of the mountains while the fluffy wool yarn is as lofty as the clouds that gather in the sky above. In short, this yarn is the perfect fit for this mountain inspired knit!
You can purchase the items to make your own Sierra Sunset Cowl here!
Sierra Sunset Cowl
Full Downloadable and Printable Patterns Available Here
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Specifications (we've listed the specs here, but the full pattern is available above)
  • 16 sts and 27 rows = 4" in garter stitch after blocking on US size 8 needles
*Designer's note: Take time to save time, please check your gauge! I used almost all of my one skein of this yarn for the cowl, so after knitting your gauge swatch, you may need to reuse that yarn to be able to finish the project. If you know you tend to use more yarn than a project calls for, I recommend purchasing an extra skein and returning it if you don't need it. Better safe than sorry.
Finished Size
  • 27" wingspan X 14" center height after blocking
About the Designer
Designer - Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich

Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich lives in Reno, NV and works on the Customer Engagement team at Jimmy Beans Wool; her tasks include social media (Ravelry & Pinterest, yay!) and coordinating the blog, she co-writes the bi-monthly newsletters and designs knitting, sewing and crochet patterns among various other fun tasks. Outside of work, she is the designer behind Marinade Designs (, her own line of knitting patterns that she is hoping to expand in the coming year. When she's not knitting or sewing her own clothes, she is working in her garden, tending to her chickens, cooking up delicious food, doing yoga, or hiking and backpacking with her husband and their feisty little mutt Wallace. Feel free to check out all of Kristen's designs on Ravelry:

For help with any of Kristen's patterns on the JBW Free Patterns Page, feel free to e-mail her directly at:

We hope you enjoy this free knitting pattern. This free pattern and the associated photographs are only for personal non-commercial use and are not for resale.
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