Textured cowl

NOTE:  This pattern has 99 stitches in a round but 5 stitches in the pattern repeat. This means that the first stitch of the 2nd round is the last stitch in the repeat.  Don’t think about each round separately just keep knitting the pattern until the cowl is the width that you want.  The marker is there as a finishing point for the cowl, not for the round.

Yarn: Cleckheaton Studio Mohair – 1 skein.

Needle: 4.5mm circular

Tension 18 st to 10 cm in pattern

Circumference: 55cm


cast on 99 stitches.
join and place marker for the end of round being careful not to twist stitches.
Knit 3 rounds garter stitch.

(k3 k2tog yo) until desired height is reached,slipping the marker as you get to it.

When the cowl is the desired height pattern to the marker.

Knit 3 rows garter stitch to match the start of the cowl.
cast off loosely.


12 thoughts on “Textured cowl

  1. Hi – thanks for the pattern – about to cast on tonight. Not sure what is up with your blog – but everything has a striked line through it.

    • How strange. It looks fine to me. I did do a strike through on the stash page yesterday; maybe there was a hiccup.

      Thanks for letting me know.

  2. Hi 🙂

    I’d like to knit this; seems just like what I’m looking for. 🙂 I have a question (I’m very new at this).

    The wool I have is a bulky (5) mohair/acrylic/wool mix, 12 stitches/4.4″ (I’m reading the label!). I’d like to use my 10.5 bamboo round needles …

    Can I, and do I keep to the 99 cast-on number (or, more, or less)?

    • Substituting can get a little complicated with the maths.

      The yarn I used has a tension of 20st on a 4.5mm needle. In the pattern I got 18st/10cm.

      So if you get 12st /10cm in stocking stitch you can expect to get slightly less in pattern say 11st/10cm. Therefore if you cast on 99st you will get a cowl 90cm wide. I don’t think this is really what you want.

      You should try out the pattern on your needles and see how many stitches you do get in 10cm. To get a cowl of 55cm you just multiply this number by 5.5. Once you get this you need to adjust for the pattern repeat (multiple of 5 less one stitch).
      eg assuming you do get 11st/10cm. 11X5.5 = 60 stitches. You would cast on 59 so you have the correct stitch multiple.

      Please try out the pattern first and do the maths so you end up with something you want to wear. It is difficult to pull out mohair so a bit of work before you start is well worth the effort.

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