Pattern - Rosetrees

About Rosetrees:

Rosetrees is an innovative and fun-to-knit, tubular cowl, knitted with a highly unusual 'bias' construction inspired by the Helen cowl from The Vintage Shetland Project. This creates stunning undulating colourwork motifs and an extremely cosy, double-layered fabric. Turning the cowl 'inside out' creates a completely different look, giving you two cowls for the price of one. Sitting high around the neck, its perfect for bracing walks along the beach or taking the dog for a walk on colder days. The clever use of a warming colour framing the face, reflects light and warmth and takes away any winter palor! Knitted in Excelana DK, 100% British wool, using 6 complementary shades. Excelana is the perfect yarn for this project; soft and warm against the skin, yet with enough stickiness for a colourwork project.


 Knitted in the round, Rosetrees commences with a provisional cast-on, followed immediately by the first colourwork section. Once this is completed a stocking stitch panel is worked incorporating the German short row technique, creating the 'bias' fabric. Variations on these two sections are subsequently worked throughout. On completion the provisional cast-on is undone and grafted to the corresponding live sts creating a tube.

Techniques used:

  • Stranded colourwork
  • Two-handed colourwork
  • Working in the round
  • German Short Rows
  • Blocking to shape
  • Working from a chart
  • Provisional cast-on
  • Kitchener Stitch (grafting)


  • German short rows/double stitch
  • Kitchener Stitch (grafting)
  • Provisional cast-on
  • Stranded/two-handed colourwork

Product Information:

PDF download pattern containing written instructions as well as charted instructions for colourwork sections and clear schematic diagrams.

Knitted in Excelana DK 100% British wool from Susan Crawford

Finished Dimensions:

Circumference: 82cm (32in); Max Depth 27cm (10.5in)


Excelana DK from Susan Crawford, 100% British wool, 247m/270yds per 100g
1 skein each of shades Bellflower, Snowdrop, Eau de Nil, Honolulu, Chartreux and Cornflower.


21 sts and 28 rounds = 10cm(4in) measured over stranded colourwork knitted in the round, after blocking. We obtained this gauge using 4mm needles.

Suggested Needles:

2 x 4mm (US 6) circular needle (60cm in length)

Crochet hook (larger than circular needle used)


Stitch markers plus 2 removable stitch markers; waste yarn for provisional cast-on.


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