Oysterbeds Cowl

Regular price $ 5.00 USD
Oysterbeds Cowl
Oysterbeds Cowl
Oysterbeds Cowl

The inspiration for Oysterbeds comes from the native oysters that have been harvested off the coast of Mersea Island in Essex since Roman times. Naturally-growing oysters attach themselves to old oyster shells, forming clusters and reefs.

An oyster-patterned modular cowl. Each shell is worked onto the previous two and the top edge is k1, p1 rib, knitted in the round. Don’t be put off by the unusual construction – it’s far easier to knit than it looks.

Skill level


Skills required

Long-tail cast on, knit, purl, pick up sts, p2tog, k2tog, k3tog, central double decrease (sl 2 sts tog k-wise, k1, p2sso), cast off in k1, p1 rib


22cm or 8½ins wide and 56(78)cm or 22(30¾)ins in circumference


200(280)m of aran/worsted weight yarn

You could turn this cowl into a multi-coloured design by using oddments of yarn for individual shells! Each shell requires less than 5g or 10m of aran weight yarn. I’d love to see your Oysterbeds variations!

Tools and equipment

5mm (US8) needles, straight

5mm (US8) circular needle, length 40(60)cm

5 stitch holders

Tapestry needle


18 sts and 24 rows to 10cm (4ins) measured over stockinette stitch using 5mm needles


Also included are diagrams for placement of shells and the order in which you will knit them.