My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Victorian Neck Cozy

My holiday gift to you: the pattern for my cowl design.

I’ve called the design “Victorian Neck Cozy.” The pattern, in pdf format, is here. It’s posted on my Free Patterns page as well, and I’ve put it in Ravelry here.

I made this with 2 skeins of Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Cashmere & Silk (in the Rainforest colorway) using a U.S. size 5 (3.75mm) needle. It takes about 350 yards, and you could use anything from a heavy laceweight/light fingering weight to a sportweight yarn.

I’m now going to go and hang with Lucy, who is recovering from the holiday weekend.


  1. thank you Wendy it is fabulous:)

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  2. Thanks Wendy – can’t wait to knit it!

  3. Thank you for this pattern, from a French knitter!

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  4. Thanks a million Wendy! I’ve been planning a trip to a special LYS that carries Hand Maiden yarn, now all I have to do is decide on a color.

  5. Thank you! How lovely! Although your description made me giggle — “… or on its own” — al fresco??

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  6. That is absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. It is beautiful! Thank you so much for the neck cozy and all the other neat stuff you share with us throughout the year.

  8. nicole/sweden says:

    talk about the spirit of thanksgiving, your generosity rocks wendy.

  9. Gorgeous! And into the queue it goes…

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  10. thank you for sharing the pattern with us! it’s beautiful!

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  11. It is gorgeous! Thank you for so generously sharing the pattern. Is the cozy layered over that A Starmore sweater that you adapted and knit from Kauni yarn? That, too, is lovely.

  12. That is so beautiful! Hope you and Lucy had a wonderful holiday. xoxo Stacy

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  13. Thank you for this lovely gift!
    On March 28, 2007 you mentioned being picky about lace projects. Nobody will be picky about this one…

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  14. thanks Wendy – it’s wonderful – perfect for me to try on my new Kollage Square Circs! (of course I have to run out to find the perfect yarn first, right? ;o)

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  15. Thank you, Wendy! This is beautiful and it’s going to the top of my Queue.

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  16. Thanks, Wendy! What a beauty. Will be looking through the stash this afternoon.

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  17. That is BREATHTAKING! What a lovely piece of work…

  18. Besides the FO being absolutely beautiful and the pattern a generous gift to the knitting world, the NAME is fabulous, too! Thanks.

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  19. Wow.. what a gorgeous cowl! Thank you for another lovely free pattern Wendy!

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  20. Michele B in Minnesota says:

    Thank you for sharing the pattern with us. I printed it out and will add it to my to do list.

  21. just beautiful. Thanks for sharing :^)


  22. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Oh, Wendy, the cowl is gorgeous! I’m going to print out the pattern right now. Thank you so much.

    Lucy looks pretty tuckered out–hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!

  23. Wendy, you’re so kind to share your beautiful pattern. I can’t wait to make one. Now, go spend time with your girl!

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  24. Such a lovely pattern. Thanks for writing it up for us! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  25. A seductive design. Thank you.
    How did you generate your chart? It’s easy to read and the symbols are clear. I’m currently struggling with chart generation on my Mac, so any pointers will be much appreciated.

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  26. Will definitely be making this – fab – u – lous !!

  27. Wendy, this pattern is utterly lovely and I am going to make it right away (oh let’s forget about the other 73 projects currently OTN). It’s exactly what I wanted. You are a darling and a petkin for making it available to all of us. If you go over to my latest posting, you’ll find a nice picture of the night sky with stars. Which you are.

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  28. Outstanding!! Thank you so, so much!!

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  29. THANK YOU WENDY! This cowl is gorgeous and once my Christmas knitting is completed, I’m going to make this for myself. I have some lovely Indie dyer yarns I bought from Sheri and one of them will be perfect for your pattern. Thank you again for your generosity to other knitters. Have a beautiful holiday season! Hugs to Lucy.

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  30. Thank you very much for this pattern! It’s just gorgeous, I love it very much!
    Regards from Switzerland,

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  31. Aw, that looks absolutely lovely! I like how it lays. Great work!

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  32. Thank you Wendy!! Gorgeous

  33. Thanks Wendy, it’s lovely, and perfect for my most recent handspun!

  34. Thanks Wendy! It looks super cozy ๐Ÿ™‚

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  35. Your talents are amazing! It’s cool!!! Sally

  36. Thanks Wendy! This will be for me.

  37. What a gorgeous cowl – I need to make it. Thanks for sharing the pattern with all of us!

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  38. Thank you for sharing your cowl pattern. I think I just might have some handspun that will work nicely with your beautiful pattern.

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  39. Early present ! lucky us.. thank you so much for gorgeous cowl pattern. I really enjoy reading your blog, you always have such lovely projects & comments that inspire me (I’ve forgiven you for your incredible speed & output, my excuse is I don’t commute !) I have a cat exactly like Lucy, she isn’t rag doll, & except for the eyes they could be twins.

  40. Thanks for the great pattern! Lucy looks like I did after Thanksgiving dinner.

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  41. That is gorgeous! Thanks for the pattern!

  42. Thanks for the beautiful pattern. I’m going to make one for a co-worker who wears turtle necks often.

  43. It’s beautiful! Thank you.

  44. Thanks Wendy, for the nice, well-written pattern of your beautiful cowl – green is my favorite color – and I can imagine that it looks just great on you.

  45. I absolutely love this pattern!! I do not know which caught my eye first the delicious colour or the lovely pattern…………..I am thingking both! Thanks so much for sharing! Hope your week end was peaceful and relaxing!!

  46. love the green! now i don’t knit quite as fast as you do, smile…wonder if i’d have time to complete it by our xmas party (lol which at the moment i can’t remember when it is…the 20th?)

  47. Margie from Maryland says:

    Wow – thanks, Wendy – I bet it will be very nice in Koigu……

  48. Theresa in Italy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the pattern, Wendy! It is gorgeous. What a perfect way to kick off the holiday season by giving us all such a wonderful gift.

  49. Katherine says:

    Thanks, Wendy, I love this. One of these days I will have time to make it. Until then, I will save it.

  50. Dear Wendy! Thanks so much for giving us this beautiful pattern. You are a most generous person and we love you so much!

  51. It’s gorgeous! Thank you!!

  52. Wendy this is BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for your generosity.

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  53. It’s gorgeous Wendy, thank you for sharing the pattern

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  54. Your Victorian Cowl is absolutely beautiful! Will you wear it or will it be too warm for you? Thank you for sharing!

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  55. Beautiful, and yeah for another pattern that can be made with sock yarn!

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  56. Dr. Jackie says:

    So pretty. And just a little “goth-y” on the headless mannequin! My daughter will love it. In black, of course.

  57. Perfect pattern for some yarn I’ve been swatching, but nothing seemed right. How timely! Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season. Your writing and knitting are always an inspiration.

  58. Thank-you so much for sharing your time and talent with us! The cowl looks very graceful and I am looking forward to making it. Have a wonderful holiday season.

  59. What a beautiful pattern, Wendy! Thank you!

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  60. Lovely cowl. Thanks for the pattern. Will be great in the office when the air conditioning is not warm enough in the winter. cheers

  61. Wendy, your charts are SO much easier to read than others I’ve seen!!! It will make knitting this a dream.

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  62. Your generousity is appreciated……….so much!

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  63. You are very kind to ‘gift’ us all the cowl pattern. I try to read your blog everyday and look forward to the new Lucy photo. Happy Holidays to you!

  64. I printed the pattern right away then sent a copy right off to my sister-in-law!! Love it!!

  65. Thanks so much! I have a friend with a big birthday this year and was looking for the perfect thing. This will be ideal for Feb. in DC, which always seems to be the coldest month. Hope you had a great holiday!

  66. Merci beaucoup! This is very generous of you and I can’t wait to knit it up.

  67. Thanks, Wendy. Best birthday present I got this year!

  68. Thank you Wendy ๐Ÿ™‚

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  69. It’s stunning, as always! Thanks for the pattern.

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  70. Thanks so much Wendy! Yay!!

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  71. Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern with us!