Cactus Cowl

This cowl combines the beauty of an intricate lace pattern with the simplicity of the garter stitch. Work the smaller version as a single-skein project or the larger one as an infinity cowl.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Circumference 27½ (50)” / [70 (127) cm] x 8½” / [21.5 cm] height

Shown in 27½” / [70 cm].

Gauge: One 14 st-Cable Rep = 2½” x 2¾” / [6.5 x 7cm], lightly blocked.



Medium Weight Yarn Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (100% Peruvian Wool; 110 yards [100 meters]/50 grams): #25990 Noble Heather, 2 (4) balls.

Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular

Notion: Cable needle (cn); stitch markers


1/2 RC: Sl 2 sts onto cn and hold in back, k1, k2 from cn.

1/2 LC: Sl 1 st onto cn and hold in front, k2, k1 from cn.

2/2 RC: Sl 2 sts onto cn and hold in back, k2, k2 from cn.

Special Stitches

Cactus Pattern (worked over 14 sts)

Rnd 1: P2, k4, p2, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC.
Rnd 2: P2, k4, p2, k6.
Rnd 3: P2, 2/2 RC, p2, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k1.
Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 5: P2, k4, p2, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k1.
Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 3.
Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 9: P2, k4, p2, 1/2 LC, 1/2 RC.
Rnd 10: P2, k4, p3, k4, p1.
Rnd 11: P1, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p2, k4, p1.
Rnd 12: P1, k6, p2, k4, p1.
Rnd 13: P1, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k1, p2, 2/2 RC, p1.
Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 12.
Rnd 15: P1, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k1, p2, k4, p1.
Rnd 16: Rep Rnd 12.
Rnd 17: Rep Rnd 13.
Rnd 18: Rep Rnd 12.
Rnd 19: P1, 1/2 LC, 1/2 RC, p2, k4, p1.
Rnd 20: Rep Rnd 12.

Rep Rnds 1-20 for patt.

Pattern Notes

Cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up. Place markers in between pattern repeats.

The cowl maximizes the use of the suggested ball amount. Consider an extra ball of yarn if gauge is not met.

The cable pattern can be worked in text or chart form.

Cowl Pattern

CO loosely 154 (280) sts.

Bottom Edging

Rnds 1-4: *P2, k4, p3, k4, p1; rep from * to end.


Rnds 1-40: Work Rnds 1-20 of Cactus Pattern twice.

Rnds 41-50: Work Rnds 1-10 of Cactus Pattern once.

Top Edging

Rep Rnds 1-4 as for Bottom Edging.
Loosely BO in patt.


Lightly block to measurements. Weave in ends.

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