Midwest Magnificence Colorwork Cowl

This cowl, perfect for the cold Midwestern weather, is covered with fun, colorful non-traditional fair isle designs, such as checkerboards, diamonds and chevron stripes. Based off of the classic Southwestern Splendor Colorwork Cowl, this project is worked in the round with deep, ribbed borders in a 2×2 rib. It can easily be made longer by casting on more stitches and the changing patterns and colors give the knitter enough of a challenge to keep it interesting.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Cowl is 27” around and 10” high [70 x 25 cm].

Gauge: 21 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after blocking.


Medium weight yarnYarn: Berroco Vintage DK (52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon); 290 yards [265 meters]/100grams: 1 skein each Snowfall 2100 (MC), Purple 21105 (CC1), Red 2150 (CC2), Pink 2123 (CC3), Brown 2192 (CC4).

Needles: US size 6 [4.0 mm], circular 24” [60cm] long; or DPNs.

Notions: Stitch markers; tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round. There are 2 rounds with decreases so that the cowl is wider at the shoulders.

Hint: be sure to keep your “floats” loose, or the cowl will bunch up. Where the float is 5 sts long, twist the 2 yarns together after the 2nd or 3rd st to keep the floats neat.


Using MC (Cream) yarn, CO 144 sts.

Join to work in the round being careful not to twist. PM to indicate beg of round.

Rnd 1: *K2, p2, rep from * around.

Rnds 2-12: Rep Rnd 1 11 more times.

Rnd 13: Knit.

Rnd 14: With CC2, knit.

Rnd 15: Purl.

Rnd 16: Knit.

Rnds 17-23: Work Rnds 1-7 of Chart A.

Rnd 24: With CC2, *k2tog, k10, repeat from * around. 132 sts.

Rnds 25-40: Work Rnds 9-24 of Chart A.

Rnd 41: With MC, *k2tog, k9, repeat from * around. 120 sts.

Rnds 42-58: Work Rnds 26-42 of Chart A.

Rnd 58: With MC, purl.

Rnd 59: Knit.

Rnds 60-71: *K2, p2, rep from * around.

Bind off in pattern.


Weave in yarn ends. Block piece to required measurements.


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