Project Inspiration: Staying on Track Cowl – NorthCoast Knittery

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Project Inspiration: Staying on Track Cowl

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    Ever since the yarn Asia arrived, we've been bit obsessed. If you felt it, you'd immediately understand why. It's a 70% silk and 30% yak blend, and it's just about as soft and drapey as yarn can be. Both silk and yak fibers are incredibly lightweight and airy, but they're also both surprisingly warm and insulating. This buttery-smooth yarn is such a treat to work with! I have been knitting a shawl, and I think I'm enjoying knitting with Asia as much as I'll enjoy wearing it. Harry has really enjoyed working with the Asia, too. He even created an original cowl design for it! Staying on Track is a simple 1-skein project, and we love love love it.

 We will happily give the pattern out for free with your purchase of Asia. Just mention the Staying on Track pattern in the 'special instructions' when you checkout, and we will include the pattern with your shipment. 

If you would like a copy of the pattern, but do not want to purchase Asia, you can buy the pattern on its own for $5.

     Asia has a clean stitch definition that's emphasized by the elegant drape while the cowl is worn. The twisted stitches in the cowl are created by knitting and purling through the back loop, and the seed stitch borders prevent rolling caused by the reverse stockinette.

     The Staying on Track cowl is knit flat, but you have the option of seaming it up the back or using a provisional cast on and a 3-needle bind off for easy grafting. 

     There are some gorgeous colors available in the Asia, and since it's a 1-skein project and a free pattern- that $23 price tag isn't too scandalous. Nonetheless, if you want the cowl to be longer so you can wrap it around twice, you can easily keep knitting and adding length with a second skein!

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  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): May 16, 2016

    Hi Millie! We charge a flat rate of $4 for all orders in the U.S, and provide free shipping for any orders over $75! Feel free to send us an email at if you have any other questions. :)

  • Millie Sweeting: May 14, 2016

    I’m interested in your yarn and the colors as well as the cowl pattern. How much are your shipping costs? Let’s say for one skein and the pattern.

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): April 25, 2016

    Hi Cathy! You can read the blog and follow the links to shop for Asia (or copy/paste this url:, which is $23 a skein and you only need 1 for the cowl (as long as you match gauge!) :)

    As for the newsletter, you can sign up for our mailing list on our home page! Just scroll down to where it says ‘keep in touch’, and you’ll see a form to enter your name and email address.

  • Cathy nickalou: April 22, 2016

    My home is in Eureka, but I’m living in Crescent City temporarily -- do you have a newsletter that I could receive to keep up on the latest ideas…. How much does the Asia yarn $$…. And how many balls does it take for the cowl pattern… I am interested! Thanks Cathy

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): April 21, 2016

    Fred and Ann,

    For all information on the yarn, follow any of the links to Asia in the above blog post or copy/paste this url:

    The pattern would be appropriate for any intermediate-beginner. The most complicated technique is knitting through the back loop for twisting stitches. You also have the option of doing a regular seam, a 3 needle bind off, or a kitchener stitch to create the loop!

  • Ann: April 18, 2016

    Yes, I would love to see colors, etc. & know price. Also, what is the difficulty level of the pattern? What is yarn weight & content? Thanks. Lovely pattern.

  • Fred T. Yoshiwa: April 17, 2016

    Would like to purchase “Asia” yarn. What colors are available and what is the purchase price?
    Thank you,
    Fred T. Yoshiwa

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): April 04, 2016

    Hi Pat! We are sending hard copies of the pattern with every shipment of Asia that goes out!

    The pattern is worked flat and the ridges running along the length are twisted stitches. To complete the loop you can use a 3 needle bind off, the kitchener stitch, or whatever seaming method you prefer!

    Hope that answered your question!

  • Pat pipczynski: April 02, 2016

    Tell me about the pattern. I would like a hard copy not a downloaded one. Have trouble printing.

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): March 29, 2016

    Virginia, We are in Eureka California! But we’re happy to ship anywhere :)

    Karen, You can either click on ‘Asia’ anywhere in the above blog post, or you can copy/past this link here:

  • Virginia covert: March 28, 2016
    Where is north coast knitters located?
  • Karen: March 25, 2016

    You need to show the colors

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