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.
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
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.