Tabitha Babbitt Cowl pattern - by Mer Stevens
Tabitha Babbitt was a Shaker who invented the first circular saw in 1813. Her innovation was remarkable for its simplicity and for the revolutionary impact it had on the lumber industry.
This cowl made me imagine her eureka moment, which happened after she saw the wasted effort of the long saws two people had to operate. Garter stitch and bold saw-tooth shapes are a nod to Shaker simplicity of form and also make this cowl a good choice for highly variegated yarns.
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Fingering weight version: 420 yards OR
Worsted weight version: 280 yards
For working flat:
Fingering weight version: US #6/4mm (or size to get gauge) OR
Worsted weight version: US #10/6mm (or size to get gauge)
Tapestry needle, split ring stitch marker, 3 1.5”-ish buttons
1” in garter stitch, before blocking:
Fingering weight version: 5.5 stitches and 5 ridges
Worsted weight version: 3.5 stitches and 3 ridges
Beginner (increasing, decreasing, counting rows)
One size fits most. 46” 52” long by 9” wide, measured point to point unblocked.