We have an ostrich farm down the road from us here on the West Coast. It interestingly holds
the Guinness Book of Records award for the smallest full-grown adult ostrich in the world. Being a large flightless bird, the ostrich is an intriguing bird. The first birds were tamed just outside Cape Town in the beginning of the 19th century. Once it was discovered how to harvest their feathers without killing the birds, ostrich feathers exploded into the world of fashion. I do kind of wish it was still fashionable to wear a large feather headdress or feather boa.

While I don’t walk around with ostrich feathers around my neck, I can incorporate the idea into knitting. I used the ostrich plume stitch for this cowl. The name is from the Afrikaans word for ostrich – volstruis.

A lace patterned infinity cowl, knitted vertically and Kitchener stitched closed. There is the option to add fabric to the inside to provide visual and textural interest to the cowl. For those who can’t, or prefer not to, sew there is the option of using two different types of patterns sections to create different looking fabric.

Please note purchase is for the PDF pattern to knit the Volstruis Cowl and not for the finished item!!

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