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Terra Firma Cowl











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Terra Firma is a classic and elegant cowl that incorporates easy-to-read textures and enchanting lace. Designed to be warm without bulk, this cowl is great for preventing the chill from creeping onto the back of your neck on a blustery fall day.

With a little of a lot – lace, seed stitch, twisted stitches, and i-cord borders, it is an engaging project to knit one more row to see what happens next. The 20-row stitch repeat makes it easy for you to make the cowl shorter or longer simply by adding and subtracting repeats.

Designed to be seamless, the cowl is cast on provisionally and grafted at the end to make a loop. Don’t be worried about an ugly seam – there won’t be one. Graft it together with ease and continuing the texture with the logical, step-by-step grafting instructions included in the pattern.


Sport / 5-Ply
Per Skein:
335 yds / 305 m per 3.53 oz / 100 g skein
Fiber Content:
100% Superwash Merino Wool
Short: Fresco Y Seco; Medium: Fresco Y Seco; Long: Fresco Y Seco
Number of Skeins:
Short: 1; Medium: 1; Long: 2
Length Required:
Short: 310 yds / 290 m; Medium: 470 yds / 440 m; Long: 590 yds / 550 m


  • One 24 in / 40 cm circular needle in size needed to obtain listed gauge
    • Designer Used: US 7 / 4.5 mm
  • 1 extra 16" / 40cm interchangeable cable with end caps OR 20" / 50cm of smooth, non-felting waste yarn to use to hold the provisionally cast on stitches
  • 4 stitch markers for keeping track of stitch patterns
  • 1 yarn needle for grafting and weaving in ends


The full height (width while knitting) of the cowl is approximately 7.75" / 20 cm unblocked and 9" / 23 cm blocked.
Each 20-row repeat is approximately 2" / 5.25 cm unblocked and 2.5" / 6.35 cm blocked.

Using a different yarn or a different gauge will impact the size of the cowl and the amount of yarn used.


  • Circumference: 32.5" / 83 cm
  • Height: 9" / 23 cm
  • Circumference: 47.5" / 121 cm
  • Height: 9" / 23 cm
  • Circumference: 60" / 152 cm
  • Height: 9" / 23 cm

Construction & Schematic


Terra Firma is cast on provisionally, worked flat from the bottom-up, and then the ends are grafted together.

Get Ready: Set your project up for success by looking over the pattern, trying out new techniques, considering yarn substitutions, and swatching.
Cast On: With a provisional cast on and work a setup row to get ready to start the pattern.
Written/Charted Instructions: Work the 20-row repeat the number of times specified for the size chosen.
Finishing: Block to desired size. Graft together the cast on edge and the bind off edge, continuing the stitch pattern from Section 1 for a seamless bind off. Weave in ends.

Schematic for All Sizes

Terra Firma Cowl Calculator

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