Arbutus is part of the book ISLAND, a collection of handknits designed by Jane Richmond and inspired by Vancouver Island.


This structural cowl with its unique construction, uses short rows and subtle shaping to create the illusion of volume with just one skein of yarn. Knit in the round from the top down, these three tiers create a stacked effect mimicking the look of a double wrapped cowl. A slightly looser gauge creates a light and springy fabric that is easy to wear and perfect for any season. 

1 skein Madelinetosh Tosh DK (100% superwash merino wool, 225yds/205m), shown in Sequoia DK

5mm/US8 circular needle, 16in

2 contrasting stitch markers 
Yarn needle

18 sts and 24 rows = 4in/10cm in St st

Finished Measurements 
Top Tier: 17.75in/45cm 
Middle Tier: 20in/51cm 
Bottom Tier: 22.25in/56.5cm 
Approximately 7in/18cm at back neck.

Reviews 1

  • Michelle Carter reviewed 7 years ago

    Arbutus is clearly written and beautifully photographed.   It was a quick project but still very interesting to make due to it's unique construction.  I made it in a day or two as a Christmas gift.  


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