Stitches West Release: Castilleja Cowl!

Ohmygosh you guysssss! I've been sitting on this for months and I'm so so so excited to finally release it! 

Castilleja Cowl

This collaboration between me and Tria of Material Culture Fiber Arts is all thanks to the ladies of the Yarnover Truck, Barbra and Maridee. It couldn't have been a better pairing (in my humble opinion, of course). ;)

The Castilleja Cowl ('Castilleja' being the Latin name for the Indian Paintbrush plant) is inspired by my Spytacular shawl but is worked the opposite way. We begin at the longest end and work our way down to the last stitch. What? Yes ma'am - no binding off! It's pretty awesome. 

Where to find it?

So this little beauty of a shawl is going to be on display at The Yarnover Truck at Stitches West this year - booth 1048 - where kits will be available for you to purchase right at the show! You'll get a copy of the pattern and the yarn needed to make your very own cowl. Seems like a pretty good jam to me! 

And guess what? I'll be at the Truck from noon to 2pm on Friday, February 24th, talking about this cowl and sharing some of my other designs to get your fingers itching to cast on! 

Can't make it to Stitches West?

No problem! I'd definitely love to meet everyone face to face but I know it's a big wide world and we can't get to EVERY single yarn-y event out there. So! To get your own copy of this pattern, you can download it from my Store on Ravelry or on my website

Here's the details about the cowl...

The Story

Growing up, as a Girl Guide, I spent a lot of time outdoors hiking. One of the only plants I remembered distinctly was the Indian Paintbrush, Latin name Castilleja. When this Indian Paintbrush colorway came my way, it became only too clear that it deserved to be something as special as that wild plant from my youth.


  • Material Culture Fiber Arts Modern Era (sock/fingering weight; 75% superwash merino, 15% nylon, 10% tencel; 430 yds / 4 oz skein) 1 skein ‘Indian Paintbrush’
  • US 4 (3.5mm) 24” circular needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Removable Markers (optional, for seaming)

Finished Size

21-inch neck circumference, 29-inch, shoulder circumference, 17-inches tall at front, 10-inches tall at back.


22 sts and 34 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch after blocking


  • This cowl is knit flat, starting at the Picot edge, and decreased to the top corner. The cowl is wet-blocked and them seamed post-blocking.
  • This pattern includes written instructions.
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • This pattern begins with a Picot Cast-On. If you prefer to work a non-decorative edge, a standard Long Tail Cast-On is recommended.
  • While detailed written instructions are provided for the Picot Cast-On, if you are unfamiliar with the technique, I recommend this video:
  • Two other Cast On methods are used in this pattern. Here are some helpful tutorial videos if you are unfamiliar with these Cast Ons:

What are you waiting for?

Head on over to my Ravelry Store to get your copy of the Castilleja Cowl. Then head over to Tria's Etsy page and pick some amazing yarn. Grab your needles and a cuppa and get down to it! You won't regret it!

If you're on social media, feel free to tag #unapologeticknitter (or use @notsorryknitter on IG) so I can see your amazing creations! I can't wait to see your Cowls!