Crisial Cowl

The Crisial (Welsh for “crystal”) Cowl was inspired by the geometric shapes of crystals. It uses a simple two-stitch cable to create twists that make for a classic textural piece you’ll want to wear all season long.  Both aran and heavy worsted weight yarn would work well with this project.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 30” circumference, adjustable x 11.25” depth (using worsted weight), 6.5” depth (using bulky weight), adjustable

Gauge: 13 sts and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after blocking.


Medium weight yarn Yarn: Briggs & Little Tuffy (80% Wool, 20% Nylon; 215 yards [197 meters]/113 grams): Denim (C1, 1 skein)

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky (100% Superwash Wool; 137 yards [125 meters]/100 grams): 26506 Fjord Heather (C2, 1 skein)

Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm) 16” or 24” circular

Notions: Markers, tapestry needle, cable needle.

Special Stitches

Cable 2 Left (C2L): Slip 1 stitch onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k1, k1 from cable needle.

Cable Pattern (repeat 14 times around)

Rnd 1 and all odd-numbered rnds: *K5, p2; rep from *.

Rnd 2: *C2L, k3, p2; rep from *.

Rnd 4: *K1, C2L, k2, p2; rep from *.

Rnd 6: *K2, C2L, k1, p2; rep from *.

Rnd 8: *K3, C2L, p2; rep from *.

Rep Rnds 1-8 for patt.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is written to use one skein of yarn with little leftover.

It can be easily customized by adding or subtracting repeats. The Bulky weight sample used 4 vertical repeats, while the Worsted weight sample used 7 vertical repeats.

Note that gauge is not crucial to this project, though it will impact the final measurements and the amount of yarn used. Both yarns use the same needle size to achieve a similar gauge.


CO 98 sts.

Main Body

Work Cable Pattern from chart or written instructions until cowl is desired depth, ending after Rnd 8.

BO all sts, using a loose bind off.


Cut yarn and weave in any remaining ends.

Gently block to desired dimensions.

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