Twisting along the Appalachian Trail and passing not far from my home, the invisible line known as the Eastern Continental Divide diverts waters on the East to the Atlantic Ocean and on the West to the Gulf of Mexico. Eastern Continental Divide cowl mimics the incredible path a single drop of water travels upon falling either on the right or the left of the apex.
Everything about this design is local – cotton grown and kettle dyed with eco dyes in Virginia, yarn purchased at my LYS in Black Mountain, NC, inspired by the Eastern Continental Divide and knit in my home close by it. To complete the local lovin’, the photo shoot took place just off the Blue Ridge Parkway between my home and the LYS, where an Eastern Continental Divide sign happened to be plotted right at a hiking trail head!
The tech edited and test knit pattern includes written and charted directions.
Small Loop (Large Loop): 24”/ 61cm (60”/ 152.5cm) around by 10”/ 25.5cm wide.
2 (3) skeins DK weight eco yarn – Shown in Cestari Yarns Old Dominion Collection Cotton Color: Blue Ridge Haze (Shenandoah Blue). Single Skein Info: 100% Virginia grown cotton kettle dyed with eco dyes. 250yds/ 229m per 100g/ 3.53oz.
US 7/ 4.5mm needles
20 sts and 28 rows over 4”/ 10cm in Stockinette stitch. Note: Exact gauge is not critical to the design. Gauge variations may impact final size and yardage requirements.
*I used locking stitch markers on the shift rows to easily keep track the pattern.