The second pattern release for Home Row is a convertible, textured cowl with functional buttons and lots of styling options – The Mattock Cowl. Inspired by the rolling farmlands and vineyards surrounding New York’s Finger Lakes region, Mattock features bold stripes of ribbing and seed stitch. This cowl is deceptively simple to make and easy to memorize, especially for knitters who have prior experience with ribbing and seed stitch. If you’ve never knit a button-hole before don’t shy away from this pattern! A yarn-over button-hole is the simplest one you can do.
In the non-knitting world, a mattock is a type of agricultural hand tool similar to a pickaxe. I really like that name and it pairs well with my original inspiration for the pattern. In fact, all current and future Home Row patterns are named after something related to nature/agriculture/farming/food. For example, the Pixie Wallet is named after a small woodland sprite and also a cookie!
I designed Mattock back in November after Lucille (my spirit animal aka fur child) was recovering from surgery. It was wonderful to be able to sit with her and be there for her yet still feel productive. Not to mention knitting is a great curb for anxiety and stress!
I used Quince & Co’s Lark yarn in the Honey colorway for this version of Mattock. I love this yarn for its sturdy ply, structured hand and awesome stitch definition! For a full list of supplies needed, please see the pattern listing on our shop page or Ravelry.
Thanks for taking a look at the newest pattern! If you’d like to see a sneak peek of the next knitting pattern (coming late April/early May!), check out this post on my personal blog, Lucky Lucille 😉