Tununak Nachaq Cowl Pattern


This cowl is knit in a lace pattern that reminds me of the patterning on a grass basket made by a Yup’ik artisan in Tununak, Alaska. The bottom portion looks like flowers growing in a spring field, and the top portion is a simple mesh that is reminiscent of the woven basket pattern. Each section is separated by a few rounds of garter stitch, and the piece is finished off with a rolled edge at the top. The name nachaq means “hood” and you can wear this piece draped loosely around your neck and shoulders as shown, or with the top edge pulled up over your head like a hood.

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Suggested yarn: Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Merino DK
Yarn weight: Sport (11 wpi)
Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in St strn
Needle size: US 7 – 4.5 mm
Yardage: 450 yards (411 m)
Sizes available: Circumference at bottom: 35″ (88cm) Circumference at top: 
 27″ (69cm) Length: 22″ (56cm)

  • In-the-round
  • mesh
  • lace