Nautilo is an unusually shaped cowl that drapes down the front, forming an echo of the nautilus shape. The design features simple short row wedges which naturally curve under along the bottom edge, and the top edge is turned down. Worked flat and seamed, the pattern is suitable for worsted or aran weight yarns. Instructions are written, no charts. Note that this design should not be stretched during blocking.
"I have recently been admiring the simplicity and sleek shapes in Italian design. My new patterns, Nautilo and Decorati reflect this inspiration, and are the first designs in a series which will be coming in the next few months. Hope you enjoy these!" -Melanie Rice
Kit includes pdf & printed pattern and selected yarn. For yarn winding services, click here.
DESIGNER RECOMMENDED YARN: Superwash Merino Worsted Twist by Cloudborn (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 100g/220yds): 2 Skeins. Shown in Shaela Heather.
ALTERNATE WORSTED YARN: Rios by Malabrigo (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 100g/210yds): 3 (3) Skeins. Rios is a washable, wonderfully soft merino wool yarn with subtle to striking variegation. For this pattern, we have selected colorways with subtle tonal variation so as not to compete with the design of the piece.
ALTERNATE WORSTED YARN: O-Wash Worsted by O-Wool (100% Washable Organic Merino Wool; 100g/206 yds: 3 (3) Skeins. Environmentally friendly, spun and dyed in the USA from certified organic merino wool from South America. Unlike conventional superwashing processes which are rather agressive, O-Wash uses a GOTS certified organic compound to create washability. This compound holds the wool fibers in place during washing and drying, preventing them from interlocking during agitation which is what causes shrinkage and felting. In Solid colorways.
ALTERNATE ARAN YARN: Classic Worsted by O-Wool (100% Organic Merino Wool; 50g/89yds): 5 (6) Skeins. Classic Worsted creates plush, dense, extremely warm fabrics and offers outstanding stitch definition. Due to its twist and 4-ply construction, it wears extremely well - your item will still look beautiful after years of use. Milled and dyed in Northeastern USA in solid colors.
ALTERNATE WORSTED YARN: Woolstok by Blue Sky Fibers (100% Fine Peruvian Highland Wool; 50g/123 yds): 4 (5) Skeins. This soft Peruvian yarn is hand washable and available in beautiful solid colors.
ALTERNATE ARAN YARN: Sweater by Spud & Chloë (55% Superwash Wool / 45% Organic Cotton; 100g/160 yds): 3 (4) Skeins. For those in warmer climates, the cotton content adds extra softness and breathability to keep the body temperature just right. Available in washable, bright, solid colors.
SIZE: Small (Large)
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Widest Circumference: 22.75 (25)", Length: 21 (22)", Back neck seam: 7" before turning down cuff.
YARDAGE: 440 (500) yds
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate - Short Rows & seaming
NEEDLES: Size US 7 / 4.5mm 29" or longer circular needle & (Optional) Size US 8 / 5mm straight needle for bind-off, or size needed to obtain gauge
OTHER TOOLS: Tapestry Needle, Row Counter (Recommended)
GAUGE: 18 sts = 4" in Garter Stitch after blocking, without stretching. A loose gauge will create a fabric with too much drape for this design.
Images courtesy of Melanie Rice