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A Cowl Grows in Brooklyn

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In an effort to find a balance between financial accessibility and sustainable pricing, all of my patterns are offered on a “Pay What Works” scale. This allows for financial flexibility while still valuing and respecting the work and energy it took to publish this pattern. The price shown on Ravelry is the “true” value of the pattern that best reflects the time, investment, and creativity of this design. If needed, you can purchase the pattern at a more accessible price point by using one of the coupon codes below at checkout. The prices indicate the amount you will pay, not the discount amount. No coupon code is needed for the highest price point.

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About the Pattern

“A new tree had grown from the stump and its trunk had grown along the ground until it reached a place where there were no wash lines above it….this tree lived! It lived! And nothing could destroy it.” -A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

This cowl is a tribute to one of my all-time favorite books, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. The story of growing up and overcoming diversity has been a touchstone for me at many times in my life. The harsh girders in the borders of the cowl give way to the leaves of new life and promises of the future. A simple knit with an easy-to-memorize leaf pattern, it can adapt to any size you want. It’s the perfect accessory to layer over a t-shirt in the spring or to bundle up under your coat in the Fall and Winter.



You will want a smooth, fingering weight yarn in two colors without much color variation. For the border, you’ll want a lighter color to show the twisted stitches. For the sample, I used Cloudborn Highland Superwash Sock Twist in Citrus Green and Shaela Heather.



For the border (color A) - 1 skein (50 g/178 yds) fingering weight yarn. For the leaves (color B) - 2 skeins (100 g/356 yds) fingering weight yarn.


US 4/3.5 mm 16” circular needle and two US 4/3.5 mm DPNs for grafting.



23 sts x 28 rnds = 4” in stockinette worked in the round, after blocking.



This pattern is written for one size. If you want to change the circumference of the cowl, cast on in a multiple of 16 sts. The height of the cowl can be adjusted by adding more repeats of the borders or the leaf pattern.



Stitch markers and tapestry needle.

Special Techniques

  • i-cord cast on and bind off

  • lace sts with yo, k2tog, ssk, and cdd

  • latvian braid

  • right and left-leaning twisted sts

  • work in the round on circular needles

  • change colors and work with two colors at once

  • graft live stitches together using kitchener stitch

All of my patterns are professionally tech edited and test knit in order to give you the best knitting experience possible. If you feel like there is a mistake in the pattern or you have questions feel free to contact me.

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