Southwestern Splendor Cowl

This cowl is perfect for the cold weather. It’s covered with colorful, non-traditional Fair Isle designs such as checkerboards, diamonds and chevron stripes. The changing patterns and colors will give any knitter enough of a challenge to keep it interesting.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 27” circumference and 10” high [70 x 25 cm]

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



Light Weight Yarn Knit Picks Gloss DK (70% merino, 30% silk; 123 yards [110 meters]/50 grams): #24985 Cream (MC, 1 skein), #25587 Aegean (CC1, 1 skein), #26578 Currant (CC2, 1 skein), #24719 Masala (CC3, 1 skein), #24723 Fedora (CC4, 1 skein)
Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm), circular 24” (60 cm) 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, 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.
Rnd 24: With CC2, *k2tog, k10; rep from * around. (132 sts)
Rnds 25-40: Work Rnds 9-24 of Chart.
Rnd 41: With MC, *k2tog, k9; rep from * around. (120 sts)
Rnds 42-58: Work Rnds 26-42 of Chart.
Rnd 59: With MC, purl.
Rnds 60-71: *K2, p2; rep from * around.
Bind off in pattern.


Weave in yarn ends. Block piece to required measurements. yarn ball

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