Arcite Cowl knitting pattern
You know you have it--that skein of worsted weight yarn that looks so pretty because it has so many different colors. But you’ve tried several patterns and the variegated colors just aren’t working; perhaps you’ve thought about just leaving the yarn in a skein and using it for decoration. Although decorating with yarn is a lovely idea, give this cowl pattern (or the matching Palamon Hat) a try first as it was specifically designed to be used with variegated yarn.
Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino, 210 yds/192 m per 100 g skein); 1 skein; sample uses colorway Cuarenta
or 210 yds (192 m) of another worsted/aran weight yarn, such as Round Table Yarns Lancelot
US 8 (5.0 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
21 sts and 40 rows over 4" (10 cm) in Chart A pattern using larger needles
22" (56 cm) circumference x 7.5" (19 cm) wide
The pattern has been professionally printed on 80# cover stock and uses a half-fold binding (created by folding a single sheet that is twice the size of the finished product in half, creating a 4-page publication). The size of the pattern is letter size (8 1/2" x 11").
Electronic PDF Version Included
On the print copy of the pattern, you'll find a sticker with a coupon code. Enter that coupon code on Ravelry and a PDF version of the pattern will be added to your Ravelry library. That way if you ever lose the print copy, the pattern will still be available to you. If you just want the electronic version of the pattern, you can purchase it on Ravelry here.
The Story Behind the Pattern Name
Palamon and his cousin Arcite are characters in “The Knight’s Tale,” part of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. The cousins have been captured after a battle, and their cell overlooks the gardens. A beautiful young woman named Emelye walks in the gardens, and both cousins fall in love with her.
After many years, the cousins fight a duel over Emelye (presided over by their captor, Duke Theseus), and the winner is to claim Emelye’s hand in marriage. Before the battle, everyone prays: Palamon for success in love, Arcite for success in battle, and Emelye to remain unmarried if possible, but if not then to at least marry the man who truly loves her. The gods (Venus, Mars, and Diana, respectively) argue about how to give everyone their wish. So (spoiler alert!), Arcite wins the battle (by wounding Palamon) but afterwards is thrown from his horse and mortally wounded. With his dying breath, he wishes Palamon and Emelye to marry and be happy. So they all get what they wanted (although really Emelye got her second option).
Photos copyright Karen Robinson. Pattern layout by Elizabeth Green of Stitch Definition.