Short Description: The main colorwork motif of the Taimana Cowl (Te Reo Maori for “Diamond”), like the Kumura Cowl, is heavily influenced by traditional Maori tāniko designs, geometric patterning woven onto borders of cloaks and dresses. This particular geometric formation is called “Patikitiki”, easily identifiable through the singular diamond as the dominant motif. The Patikitiki motif is meant to resemble the flounder fish, which used to be a common food source for the Maori.
According to the Ngati Porou iwi (tribe), which my mother hails from, the Patikitiki acknowledges the hard work that the women contributed to the iwi through supplementing the food supplies and even hunting the fish at night, when everyone else was fast asleep.
In addition to the intriguing cultural history behind the design, you’ll find that working up this pattern hits the sweet spot between mindless and engaging knitting. The colorwork motif is both addicting and intuitive, and the stripe sections knit up fairly quickly. Use a merino/silk blend for warmth, softness and an attractive sheen, and this cowl will quickly make itself a welcome addition to your handmade wardrobe.
Gauge: 32 sts and 40 rows per 4” / 10cm in St. st.
Finished Measurements: Width 8” (20cm) ; Length / Circumference (after seaming) approx. 30” (76cm)
Materials Used: Shibui Knits Staccato (Fingering / 4 ply; 70% Merino, 30% Silk ;191 yards / 50 grams).
Needle Size: US size 4 (3.5mm) and US size 5 (3.75mm) 16” (40cm) circular needles or size to obtain gauge. Two sets of needles are required, especially if your gauge differs from non-stranded knitting to stranded.
Pattern Includes: Written instructions. Charts for the colorwork sections; written and video tutorials are provided.
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Other Details: Pattern has been test knit and tech edited.