Knit Cowl Pattern

Stay warm with this knit cowl pattern designed with ribbing for elasticity.

| September 2014

  • Knit cowl
    Learn how to knit an airy ribbed cowl with this excerpt from "Yarn Works" by W. J. Johnson.
    Photo courtesy Creative Publishing International
  • Yarn Works
    “Yarn Works” is the ultimate sheep to sweater reference book for fiber enthusiasts everywhere.
    Cover courtesy Creative Publishing International

  • Knit cowl
  • Yarn Works

In Yarn Works (Creative Publishing International, 2014) W. J. Johnson shares her fiber arts expertise with a scientific approach to spinning and dyeing the perfect yarn for your project and a variety of delightful patterns created for each of the fiber groups she describes. The book is divided into four main sections—Fiber Workshop, Spin Workshop, Dye Workshop and Knit Workshop—and includes a brief history on each subject. Johnson herself is a photographer, media and installation artist, educator in fiber arts and fiber artist with more than thirty years of experience spinning, dyeing and knitting yarn. This knitted cowl pattern comes from "Part 4: Knit Workshop."

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Knit Cowl Pattern

For this light cowl I chose a ribbed pattern stitch that has great elasticity to allow it to either caress the neck or be used as a head wrap. Knit to the optional length of 18 inches (46 cm), this would be a soothing chemotherapy headcover. I call this a “parachute” cowl since it has the qualities of parachute silk—the ability to be condensed into a tight structure and dramatically open up into a larger form.

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