Dayhoff by Helena Bristow

cowl, Nimbus -

Dayhoff by Helena Bristow

This knit pattern was designed for the inaugural Local Yarn Store (LYS) Day, April 21, 2018, and is available exclusively with Oink Pigments LYS Day kits. Pre-order yours from your LYS now -- just ask them to contact Oink Pigments and request the LYS Day Kit

This unisex cowl is a modular knit, worked seamlessly in sections that build upon each other.

The pattern is named for Dr. Margaret Oakley Dayhoff, American physical chemist and pioneer in the field of bioinformatics. She developed the one-letter code used for amino acids, to reduce the size of the data files used to describe amino acid sequences in an era of punch-card computing.

It seems apropos that the 3-letter code for the amino acid Lysine is ‘LYS’, and the 1-letter code assigned to Lysine by Dr. Dayhoff is ‘K’ (a common abbreviation for ‘Knit’).


  • Oink Pigments Nimbus, appx 200 yds main color (CC) and 100 yds each in two contrasting colors (CC1 & CC2) Shown in “Piggy Stardust” (MC), “That’s A Moray” (CC1), & “Zoot Soot Riot” (CC2)

  • US Size 6 (4.0mm) straight needles or size needed to get gauge

  • US Size 5 (3.75mm) DPNs or one size smaller than straight needles

  • removable stitch marker

  • waste yarn