Pattern - Rosetrees

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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, as well as links to tutorials listed below.

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.