Portholes – NorthCoast Knittery

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     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?


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  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): April 20, 2017

    Kathleen, I would cast on the same number of stitches! It shouldn’t make too big of a difference, but the fabric will be a little more dense with a little less drape.

  • Kathleen Harrison: April 20, 2017

    I only have Size 8 n 16" and 40" circulars. I do have both Size 7 an 9 in a 24" length. If I use Size 7, how many stitches do i cast on?

  • Linda : April 14, 2017

    Please send the pattern

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): April 13, 2017

    Sandy, it’s actually right in the middle… Like a heavy worsted or aran weight. The label’s suggested gauge is 4.5 stitches per inch on US size 5 needles, but we knit the cowl on US size 8 for a more open and drapey fabric. :)

  • Sandy: April 12, 2017

    Is this yarn considered a chunky yarn or a worsted weight size?

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): April 12, 2017

    To all who want to download the free pattern: Click on “Portholes” anywhere within the text in the above blog post. Add the pattern to your cart and then complete checkout! Once you’ve finished checking out, you’ll automatically see a button pop up with access to download the file, and you’ll also receive an email with a link to download the PDF anytime you want. If the free pattern is the only item in your cart, you will not be asked to provide any payment info.

    To all who want to buy the yarn: Click on “Sol Degrade” anywhere within the text in the above blog post. You’ll be directed to the yarn’s product page. Select the colors you want, add them to your cart, and then complete checkout! Pre-ordered colors may take 1-4 weeks to ship depending on which you choose.

  • Jacquie Teed: April 12, 2017

    Please send pattern

  • Vicki Abel: April 11, 2017

    I would please like the pattern and to order some of the yarn.

  • Phyllis Kaye: April 11, 2017

    Please send me free pattern. That is really beautiful !

    Thank you

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): April 10, 2017

    Porthole is knit with US size 8 in 24” circular needles! :)

  • Carol Oliveri: April 08, 2017

    What size needles?

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): April 05, 2017

    Terry… check your inbox! :)

    Robin, this pattern is pretty simple! There are a few basic stitch techniques that may be new for you, but they are not difficult. YO (yarn overs) and P2tog (purling 2 sts together) are the only techniques that are beyond knitting and purling. I think you should give it a try! :)

  • Robin: April 05, 2017

    How hard is this pattern to knit? I am a novice knitter and am not sure I could knit this…

  • Terry Gunderson: April 05, 2017

    Hi, Virginia-

    I received the skein of yarn that I ordered, and it’s beautiful and so soft! You sent me the PDF file, but I replaced my computer and lost the file. Can you send it to me again, please?



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  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): March 30, 2017

    Hi Claudia! Good catch! #18 IS the color we used in our sample. I have since updated the PDF to correct that small error :)

  • Claudia Rohring: March 30, 2017

    Beautiful project! I placed an order for one skein of Sol Degrade #18 to match your picture. The downloaded pattern calls for Color #06. Is that the same color…possibly just an updated numbering system or dyelot change?

  • A C Bear: March 29, 2017


  • Jocelyn: March 29, 2017

    I think you could knit this with teeshirt yarn too. It looks really pretty.

  • Emily: March 29, 2017

    This is a really neat looking cowl. I LOVE the name.

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