Pleasant Trip

The perfect project for knitting and then wearing on your travels. You’ll have the simple stitch pattern memorized in no time and every other round is just knit. Minimal counting, and it’s easy to tell if you get off-track. Completely adaptable to suit your yarn-on-hand and size preferences. Change the cast-on number for a different circumference or gauge and knit it as deep as you want. You can double it over, scrunch it up, wrap it once, wrap it twice. The picot edging is optional.

One size: 25.5 cm tall and 150 cm around

Gauge: 19 stitches and 44 rows to 10 cm in blocked pattern stitch

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.


  • Knitting pattern for textured cowl
  • Chart included for stitch pattern
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 660 m of heavy fingering or light sport weight yarn. Sample was knit in Madelinetosh Pashmina (75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk)
  • 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. An 80 cm cable works well
  • Stitch markers
  • Tape measure
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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