Nose Hill Park is an 11 sq. km urban park in Calgary, Alberta. Nose Hill was recorded as the
name of this location as far back as the 18th century in European explorers’ journals – so
named by the local Indigenous communities as the hill apparently resembled the nose of a
Piegan chief. Originally used by the local Indigenous communities as a camp location while
they hunted buffalo who congregated on the slopes, Nose Hill Park in more recent years has
been used for cattle ranching and as a WWI and WWII training location. Since 1980 it has
been an urban park and is slowly being returned to its original natural rough fescue grassland
state.
The textured lace in this cowl forms little protruding bumps that resemble the glacial erratics
that are scattered throughout Nose Hill Park. Erratics, whose name comes from the Latin
word errare (to wander) are boulders fallen from mountain slopes which were carried
by glacial ice over distances, often hundreds of kilometres. The textured lace bumps of this
cowl also look like little “noses”! So, take a wander through this textured lace cowl and see
where you end up.

Nose Hill Park Cowl Pattern

Difficulty
Intermediate

Skills used
Knitting in the round, increasing, decreasing

Sizes
One size

Finished measurements
Circumference: 64 cm unstretched; 88 cm stretched
Height: 30 cm

Gauge
10 stitches and 14 rows = 5 cm in lace stitch pattern on US 7 (4.5 mm) needles

Yarn
Bernat Premium, 360 yd. / 329 m, 7 oz. /198 g skein, Color – 58514 Green

Approximate yardage
259 yd. / 236 m or 5 oz. /144 g

Needles
US 7 (4.5 mm) circular, 24″ long

Skills Used
•knit and purl,
•working in the round
• s2kp, yo

Notions
Stitch markers

Nose Hill Park Cowl Pattern

Pattern:

Cast on: Cast on 144 stitches using Crochet Cast On method. Cast on 1 extra stitch and join it
together at the end of the first round to help reduce the gap that can occur. Place special marker
at the end of the first round.

Ribbing: Knit 4, P4 around circumference. Repeat 5 more times. Total ribbing rows = 6 rows.
Knit the 16-stitch, 20 row Lace Motif pattern below 9 times around circumference. Place stitch
marker after each repeat. Knit full chart 2 times, then knit rows 1-10 once more.

*Special Instructions: Please note, in rows 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 of the below lace motif, the last
stitch of the last repeat in these rounds is needed for the Centered Double Decrease or sk2p
(which consumes 3 stitches) in the following round (rounds 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19). In rounds 11,
13, 15, 17, 19 you will need the last stitch of each repeat for the sk2p of the next repeat around
the circumference – except the last repeat, which is knitted as written.

Last repeat of row 10, 12, 14, 16, 18: slip the last stitch of the final repeat to the right-hand
needle, remove the marker, slip the stitch back to the left-hand needle and replace the
marker, follow pattern or chart for row 11, 13, 15, 17 or 19.

Last stitch of each repeat of rows 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19: slip the last stitch of each repeat
(except last) to the right-hand needle, remove the marker, slip the stitch back to the lefthand needle and replace the marker, follow pattern or chart. For final repeat of the round,
knit the round as written.

Lace Motif:

Row 1: k, yo, k2, p4, s2kp, p4, k2, yo
Row 2: k4, p4, k, p4, k3
Row 3: k2, yo, k2, p3, s2kp, p3, k2, yo, k
Row 4: k5, p3, k, p3, k4
Row 5: k3, yo, k2, p2, s2kp, p2, k2, yo, k2
Row 6: k6, p2, k, p2, k5
Row 7: k4, yo, k2, p1, s2kp, p1, k2, yo, k3
Row 8: k7, p1, k, p1, k6
Row 9: k5, yo, k2, s2kp, k2, yo, k4
Row 10: K16 for 8 repeats, then k15* on final repeat (final stitch is used in the s2kp in following
row on final repeat only)
Row 11: s2kp, p4, k2, yo, k, yo, k2, p4 (move stitch marker at each s2kp, as it borrows a stitch
from following repeat)
Row 12: k1, p4, k7, p4* for 8 repeats, then k1, p4, k7, p3 on final repeat (final stitch is used in the
s2kp in following row on final repeat only)
Row 13: s2kp, p3, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, p3
Row 14: k1, p3, k9, p3 for 8 repeats, then k1, p3, k9, p2 on final repeat (final stitch is used in the
s2kp in following row on final repeat only)
Row 15: s2kp, p2, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, p2
Row 16: k1, p2, k11, p2* for 8 repeats, then k1, p2, k11, p1 on final repeat (final stitch is used in
the s2kp in following row on final repeat only
Row 17: s2kp, p1, k2, yo, k7, yo, k2, p1
Row 18: k1, p, k13, p1* for 8 repeats, then k1, p, k13 on final repeat (final stitch is used in the
s2kp in following row)
Row 19: s2kp, k2, yo, k9, yo, k2
Row 20: k16
Total Rows Lace Motif = 50 rows.

Ribbing: Knit 4, P4 around circumference. Repeat 5 more times. Total ribbing rows = 6 rows.

Bind off: Bind off 144 stitches using the Elastic Bind-Off** or any reasonably stretchy bind-off
of your choice. Weave in ends.

**Elastic Bind-Off: 1. Knit 2 stitches 2. Slip those 2 stitches purl-wise back to LH needle
3. Knit those 2 stitches through the back loops 4. Knit the next stitch 5. Repeat steps 2-4
until 2 stitches remain, work those 2 stiches and then cut yarn and pull through last
stitch.

Total rows in Cowl = 62 rows.

Nose Hill Park Lace Chart

Nose Hill Park Lace Chart

NOTE – the grey boxes denote that the last stitch of the round is needed for the sk2p at the
beginning of the following round on the last repeat of the stitch pattern ONLY on that round; if
not on last repeat of the round knit or purl this stitch in pattern.