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Project Inspiration: Sanibel Cowl

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     I'd be willing to wager that anyone who regularly comes into the shop is already familiar with this pattern. We actually knit this sample up last summer, and it was so immensely popular that even after we completely sold out of the Sanibel and Santorini, knitters set their sights on other yarns that also worked well (notice how low our Magnolia and Puna supply is? Yeah. That's this cowl's fault!). Most knitters found themselves knitting this cowl twice, and several people finished three or four. If that isn't proof as to how great the design is, I don't know what else would convince you.
     Since last year the yarns sold out before I was able to share the project online, I knew I had to get my tushie in gear and let you know about this gem before it all disappears again. 

The Sanibel Cowl pattern is free for you to download HERE, and it uses 2 skeins of either the Sanibel or Santorini

     They are practically both the same yarn, but with slightly different styles. Sanibel's solid colorways have subtle tonal shifts, and the Santorini is a playful and variegated yarn- which is what you're seeing in our sample. Both yarns alternate between soft matte shades and a silky shine that adds texture to your projects without subtracting from the clear stitch definition. They're both affordable, too. Since you just need 2 skeins for this cowl, you're only looking at spending $22-$26 per cowl. Anyone else thinking "perfect gift idea"?!
     The cowl is worked in the round, so you don't have to worry about any grafting or seaming. The stitch pattern is easy, simply switching between stockinette and a 3 row eyelet pattern. You have the option of working the eyelet rows randomly, or in a specific order for symmetry. The pattern does have instructions written out in case you don't feel like improvising. 
     The Sanibel Cowl, is a great warm-weather accessory because of the size and because of the yarn's fiber content. I like the loose single-loop look, especially for spring and summer. Sanibel and Santorini are both cotton and viscose blends, so they breathe easily keeping them from getting too hot. Also- that drape! The cowl hangs so elegantly, and it feels great worn right against your skin..
     Since we just got the Sanibel and Santorini in this week, there are a lot of color options for you to choose from. When the yarn started thinning out last year, desperate knitters were pairing 1 skein of Sanibel with 1 skein of the Santorini, and that actually ended up being pretty cute! Regardless, you just need 2 skeins and a 16" US size 8 circular needle. 

Don't forget to share your progress with us! We love to see what you're up to.

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

    Michele, it was called Herbal Frost :)

  • Michele Pridmore: April 21, 2016

    Can you tell me the name of the discontinued colorway used in the photo? Thanks!

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

    Hi All! I will contact some of you individually, but in case others have similar questions, here are my responses:

    The sample is an unfortunately discontinued colorway of Santorini, which is a variegated yarn. If you wish to combine the Santorini and Sanibel, you have the option of switching every row, or halfway through! That’s a create choice that is up to you :)

    The yarns have been selling out VERY quickly, but we’ve ordered more!

    If you’re still having trouble downloading the PDF (even after using iBook for iphone, ipod, or ipad downloads) feel free to contact us at We will sort it all out!

  • Kim Sheffield: April 20, 2016

    Which colorway is this one In the picture?

  • Margaret Reinke: April 18, 2016

    Was in the store today as the Sanibel and Santorini was being added to stock. ! couldn’t believe my luck, has had heard that both yarns had been depleted.
    So my vow to not buy any yarn until current projects were finished, went out the window… and bet those projects will take a back seat
    to the Sanibel Cowl!

  • Kathy williams: April 15, 2016

    Could not download pattern. Would not download in iBook either.

  • Victoria L Mallard: April 14, 2016

    Love the look of this cowl

  • Ann: April 14, 2016

    Love the cowl. Do you change colors frequently or is this a self-striping yarn? How do I get this pattern?

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): April 11, 2016

    Nikki, You will need to add the pattern to your shopping cart and complete checkout! If the pattern is the only item in your cart, you will be asked for personal information but not for payment info. Once you checkout you’ll be automatically given a link to download the PDF. Please feel free to shoot us an email at if you end up having any problems!

    Here’s the direct link to the Sanibel Cowl pattern for you to add to your shopping cart:

  • Nikki signoracci: April 11, 2016

    I would love to have the pattern for that cowl thank you

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): April 11, 2016

    Hi Betsey! I know we spoke with you through email, but for anyone else interested….. The colorway we used in the sample is unfortunately a discontinued colorway!

  • Betsey: April 08, 2016

    What is the yarn that you show in the Sanibel cowl. I didn’t see that sample.
    I tried to chat and you did not reply.

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