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Merced Cowl by Stephannie Tallent

Our friend Stephannie Tallent designed another winner with the Merced Cowl. This cowl actually came out last year, and we have been sending it out on our custom trunk shows for Cumbria Worsted ever since. Usually, we get to see Stephannie at TNNA, but sadly we had to sit this January’s show out. We thought it would be a great opportunity to revisit this knitter favorite! She gets right to the fun stuff with this one. No ribbing, just cast on and jump right in!  

The effect is a cowl that’s both classic and decidedly modern. Cumbria is a great yarn for texture – it’s strong with a 3-plied structure that makes cables pop. The resulting fabric is light but warm with a crisp hand that isn’t crunchy.  


This cowl is a great example of personal, fun knitting and now that winter has set in, knitting for fun as well as warmth is the way to go. The Merced Cowl takes one skein of Cumbria and is shown above in Appleby Castle.  I think it would look dreamy in Windermere, fantastic in Buttermere and perfectly luxurious in Castlerigg.

You can buy the Merced Cowl on Ravelry. Be sure to check our stockist page to find the nearest LYS who carries The Fibre Co yarns. I’ll be casting on this weekend but I’m going to have trouble choosing which shade of Cumbria I will use. Which color would you knit it in? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll choose one lucky winner to receive a skein of Cumbria in the color of their choice! We’ll announce a winner on Friday at 4pm at the bottom of this post!

We love seeing projects made with The Fibre Co yarns and Kelbourne Woolens patterns.  Share what you’re making by using the hashtags #madewiththefibreco and #kelbournewoolens.


UPDATE: Congratulations to Carolyn! I hope you will enjoy your skein of Coniston! Keep you eyes out for an email from us. 

13 thoughts on “Merced Cowl by Stephannie Tallent

  1. Margaret C says:

    I would choose Windermere for this cowl! Mags9k on Ravelry.

  2. Gale Longley says:

    I would love to make this beautiful cowl in, Abbleby Castte just love the beautiful color of this color. My daughter has asked for some more cowls.

  3. Jean says:

    Windermere is a gorgeous color! That would be my choice for this lovely cowl. Pukaknitter on Rav.

  4. Kate says:

    I’d knit this in Eden Valley – it’s a similar color to my favorite hat (the Bramble Beret), and would look lovely with my purple peacoat.

  5. Carolyn Dunlap says:

    I would choose Coniston because I could wear it with a new jacket I received as a Christmas gift from our daughter. Also, I have blue eyes and Coniston would draw attention to my eyes! Carolyn

  6. Amy Cee says:

    I think I’d go with Buttermere–tough to choose when there are so many lovely shades, but that would be a great pop of color against my kelly green coat.

  7. Barbara Rosenberg says:

    I’d choose Castlerigg. It’s a beautiful, soothing color. BarbaraRuthR on Ravelry

  8. michelle says:

    i love all the cumbria colours but buttermere is a particular favourite!

    1. michelle says:

      pukemoana on rav

  9. Wendy says:

    I can see it in Yew Tree – it looks warm and inviting… wwild on Revelry.

  10. Charlotte says:

    I would have to choose beautiful Castlerigg. Those soft purple tones are s must for my collection of purple accessories! This cowl is beautiful!

  11. Sarah says:

    I like the Buttermere, so bright amidst the winter grays!

  12. patricia lantz says:

    I love the Windermere. It goes with my outer wear perfectly. However, I can’t resist the Appleby Castle. I’m letting caution go to the winds and choosing it.

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