Two Sizes – Short and Long (instructions are included for both)
Finished Unblocked Measurements for Short Version: 10.5” x 31.5” (circumference) Finished Blocked Measurements for Short Version: 12” x 32.5” (circumference)
Finished Unblocked Measurements for Long Version: 10.5” x 45.5” (circumference) Finished Blocked Measurements for Long Version: 12” x 47” (circumference)
Expression Fiber Arts Luster Worsted Yarn
Shown in colors – Short Version: Brocade; Long Version: Frosted Freesia
360 yds (2 skeins) were used in the short version. 500 yds (3 skeins) were used in the long version.
If those colors aren’t available, any from this category will work.
US size 8 (5 mm) straight or 16” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge.
Adjust needle size to obtain an accurate gauge.
Intermediate: This pattern is for those who feel comfortable with knitting and have made a few projects, using various skills and techniques. Skills/concepts include: making a provisional cast on, slipping and passing more than one stitch, knitting and purling into the back of a stitch, knitting cables, and the Kitchener Stitch.
Notes From the Designer:
Also known as Prairie Ghosts, Speed Goats, and Goat-a-Lopes, Pronghorn Antelopes are so prevalent in Wyoming that they actually outnumber the people who live here. A ubiquitous feature of the West, Lewis and Clark even described the pronghorns they encountered during their western expeditions. “Of all the animals we have seen, the antelope seems to possess the most wonderful fleetness. Shy and timorous, they generally repose only on the ridges, which command a view of all the approaches of an enemy.” Regardless of how long I've lived in Wyoming, I am still delighted whenever I see a herd of pronghorns running across the plains or even through town.
The pronghorn’s unique, curving antlers are evoked in the large horn cable that runs through the center of the Prairie Ghost cowl. Prairie Ghost is a cable and lace cowl that is knitted flat using a provisional cast on, which allows for the design to run around the cowl, rather than from top to bottom. The pattern is composed of a 12-row repeating sequence that features a horn cable in the center, as well as braided cables and lace panels on both sides. The pattern includes instructions for both a short and a long version, so you can customize the cowl based on your personal preferences. Full instructions for completing a provisional cast on and the Kitchener stitch seaming are included, as well as a chart.
- Click the Videos tab to watch a tutorial on how to make the provisional cast on for this pattern.
- Prairie Ghost is a cable and lace cowl that is knitted flat using a provisional cast on, which allows for the cable design to run around the cowl, rather than from top to bottom.
- The pattern includes instructions for both a short and a long version, so you can customize it based on your personal preferences.
- The pattern is composed of a 12-row repeating sequence that features a large horn cable in the center of the design, as well as braided cables and lace panels on both sides. The pattern includes instructions for completing a provisional cast on, as well as the Kitchener stitch seaming.
- At the end of the pattern, you’ll find a chart for the 12-row repeating sequence. Finally, be sure to check your gauge against mine to ensure that you have enough yarn to complete the pattern.
- Because hand-dyed yarn can show natural variations in color and tone, you may wish to alternate your skeins every two rows to ensure an even blend of color and tone between skeins. This is especially true in this pattern because you'll seam the first and last rows together, and you don't want a distinct color shift to occur.
Designed by Monica Wesley
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“I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures.”- Geronimo
i bought the yarn and pattern and love the look. Could not wait to cast-on. In my excitement i did not notice that the chart is non-standard. The symbols for the WS rows are "what you see is what you knit." So - after tearing it out for the second time.... i'll follow directions this time.
As always, beautiful pattern, purchase quick and easy.
Lovely. Can’t wait to try it!
I love all the projects
I love all the different stitches in this shawl that make for the beautiful texture. Can’t wait to make it!
Aswm pattern.. I like the color combinations.....
This pattern is beautiful! It is next on my shawls to knit list.
beautiful pattern, easy to understand
Love how easy the pattern is to read
I especially liked the combination of lace and cables in this design.
Een geweldig patroon, weer een hele uitdaging om te breien met een rondbreinaald.
I like the pattern and the colorway very much.
Still working on it. Started with written pattern because I've never been too good with charts..but..I find the charted instructions much easier to follow. Did not want to wait until middle of November for release of suggested yarn, so tried several other yarns with what seemed to be relevant. One too heavy, now one maybe a little too thin. Also went down a needle size for thinner one...still not sure this set-up is giving me the correct look. Also thought I goofed on edge cables(didn't match) so frogged those 6 stitches back 8 rows and corrected the cable twist THEN noticed in next 13 row pattern repeat that it is NOT a cable but rather both are serpentine patterns! Now frogging both 6 stitch patterns back to complete serpentine motif!! I guess I was assuming that the pattern was a cable and misread the charts out of habit that if one is a back cable. The other should be a front cable. Chart is CORRECT, MIND MEMORY is not. Beautiful cowl , onward success!!
It's a great pattern! Stitches are so pretty. Give it a try!
A very pretty and engaging pattern! I look forward to cosying up in this pretty wrap as soon as o can finish it. Thank you, Chandi for this lovely pattern.
Although I am not a cowl fan, the cables intrigued me. I will convert to a scarf, maybe with pockets. Your designs are so beautiful! I look forward to your messages.
beautiful cowl, not too difficult to knit! (notwithstanding how it looks)
A beautiful cowl!! Easy to follow instructions and chart. I love this pattern!
Love this pattern...so versatile. Would make perfect Christmas gifts for SILs.
Beautiful and challenging
Beautiful and Challenging
Beautiful and Challenging
Beautiful and challenging!
Quick and easy. Love the Expression Fiber Art emails and website.
As like all of Chandi’s patterns, love this one too . Thank you ☺️
As with all of Chandi’s patterns , absolutely love this one too
Such an elegant and feminine cowl! Nice pattern, easy enough lace, beautiful knit... Thank you for your generosity!
This is such a beautiful pattern and I'm so looking forward to making it!
So lovely, thank you for this pattern to make a piece of art!
I love your patterns, yarn and accessories. But I purchase long before I actually put them to use. I've found that she who hesitates is lost. I'm still working in previously issued patterns and yarn.
Beautiful cowl, well written pattern. Thank you!
Once again easy instructions, great thought out pattern this is my next one to knit
Beuatiful and well-presented, as always.
Beautiful, well-written pattern and gorgeous photos, as always.
I love this pattern! This cable pattern is so visually striking, add in the lace panels, and you have a beautiful scarf, or a shawl. I fully recommend any Expression Fiber Arts Patterns. They are well written, well explained, and there’s usually a YouTube video to help you out as well. You can always buy a pattern from expression fiber arts with confidence!
Really love this and the ENTIRE story, Wyoming was my home for most of my life, I will make this soon. The meaning of the stitches really enrich the pattern. Thank you for always being so generous. So uplifting and so excited about living and helping others that way.
This is a great pattern. It's well-written and has a chart. I'm very happy with the results!
Such a beautiful cowl-pattern. I immediately casted it on in fingering weight and mohair. It looks spectacular and a it's a well-written pattern. Thank you so much!!
This is a wonderfully intricate project that keeps you on your toes and and is never boring. I love the results and can't wait to wear it.
Se ve muy lindo, la trenza es un reto para mi.
Awesome! Well explained instructions of kitchener and provisional cast on.......enjoyed knitting it....
Love this pattern. A long term project.
Lovely pattern - can't wait to get started - thanks!
It‘s a wonderful pattern not only for cowls but also for sweaters, cardigans or hats. I‘m planning to knit hats for my daughter and granddaughter.
Beautiful shawl <3