Even long after selling out of the yarn last summer, the Sanibel Cowl is still one of our most popular free patterns (and yes, before you ask- we will be getting more Santorini & Sanibel in stock sometime in the next few months). We've knit the pattern up with a few different yarns, but personally, this latest version (knit with Sol Degrade) is absolutely my most favorite thus far. Dare I say... I like it even more than the original!
Since we've altered the gauge, rows, and stitch count to accommodate the new yarn- we've rewritten the pattern and named it Portholes. But don't worry- it's still a free pattern you can download when you purchase your yarn!
Portholes uses just 1 skein of Sol Degrade, which are $20 each.
Sol Degrade is a soft cotton tape yarn, with a surprising amount of stretch, stitch definition, and versatility. Each skein has a gorgeous self-striping colorway, with long smooth transitions from one shade to the next.
Portholes is an easy to knit design, alternating sections of stockinette with ridges of purls and eyelets. It's such a simple design, we often recommend it to beginning knitters who are just learning how to yarnover and knit in the round.... But even advanced knitters appreciate the simple elegance of this cowl pattern. I love how the stitch pattern creates that welted texture, and the eyelets give it the delicate lace look.
Portholes is the perfect length to casually toss on when you're headed out the door. The cotton in Sol Degrade allows it to drape beautifully, and the relaxed fit means you won't overheat or feel suffocated like you could wearing a more fitted cowl.
Honestly, the most challenging part is choosing a colorway of Sol Degrade. The pretty blue colors you see in the sample is Sol Degrade #18.... But #44, #45, and #61 are some of my faves! What do you think?