Cowl’d and Frosty Morning

Since it appears that I’ve caught both the designing and the cowl bug, I am super excited to present my second design attempt!

Cowl’d and Frosty Morning

Cowld and Frosty Morning, Malabrigo Chunky, Charrua


I designed my first cowl, Rievaulx, during the early autumn. The weather here in Yorkshire was wonderful, with lots of sunny days and only a nip in the air. As a result, I wanted a fashionable cowl that wasn’t going to have me overheating.

Oh, what a difference a month makes! Suddenly there is less daylight than there is night, and there’s ice on the car in the morning. I need a cowl to keep me warm on a cold and frosty morning. So, I designed Cowl’d and Frosty Morning in Malabrigo Chunky to keep me warm when I need it most. The alternating bands of stockinette and seed stitch, as well as the thick wool and denser fabric, help the cowl stand up straight.

This cowl is easily adaptable to worsted weight wool or for a larger size. Notes about modifications can be found at the end of the pattern.

Yarn: 1 skein of Malabrigo Chunky (approximately 104 yards) or similar weight wool
Needles: 6 mm, 16 inch circular
Notions: stitch marker or contrasting yarn, darning needle

Gauge: Gauge is not essential to this pattern, but my gauge was 14 stitches to 4 inches.
Finished Measurements: Approximately 9 inches by 9 inches.

Loosely CO 61 stitches.
Join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Row 1: K1, *(P1, K1) Repeat from * around.
Row 2: P1, *(K1, P1) Repeat from * around.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5-15: Knit.

Repeat Rows 1-15 twice.

Repeat Rows 1-4.

Loosely bind off. Weave in loose ends. Blocking not required. Bundle up…it’s a cowl’d and frosty morning!

A Note about Modifications:

This cowl can easily be modified for a different weight wool or a wider cowl. Simply remember to cast on an odd number of stitches. Cast on more stitches for a larger cowl in chunky wool, cutting out stockinette rounds if you are worried about yardage. Do the same to knit the pattern in worsted weight, dk weight, or fingering weight wool.

A Special Thanks:

I also want to give a special thanks to my test knitters for this cowl, who were particularly helpful when it came to measurements, gauge, and modifications. Mary Ellen, Jennifer, and Lauren–you rock!

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16 thoughts on “Cowl’d and Frosty Morning

  1. Looks CUTE and sounds pretty dang easy! I have made two Rievaulx so far – one in fluffy mohair is awesome. Will try to achieve pics with Broken Camera of Doom to post in Ravelry/on blog.

  2. I finally got my Rievaulx pictures up. It’s miserable trying to take pictures of yourself without help.
    I love this new cowl design and am thrilled that you plan to keep making more designs. It’s so thrilling, isn’t it?

  3. just cast this on last night and love the pattern and how quickly it comes together! it’s definitely cowl weather around here, can’t wait to finish mine. your blog is lovely, by the way!

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  6. Best Cowl design i’ve found so far in terms of fit, ease of knitting, man friendly and how it lays. Thanks I’m on my third one, this years Christmas gifts!!!

  7. Loved this cowl! This knit up super fast – cast on the stitches this afternoon and the cowl is now drying after blocking. Thanks!

  8. Thank for this wonderful pattern! I made it as a cowl first, then turned it into a bucket hat on the next time around. Yes, it makes a great bucket hat with a bit of tweaking at the top, and adding one row of crochet trim around the bottom.

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  10. Awesome Pattern! I’m a newbie knitter and this cowl looks an ideal project for me to get started with.

    Thanks so much, I’ve been dying to buy some James Brett Marble chunky yarn and this looks ideal to use for it :)

    Best wishes

    Billie :)

  11. Getting ready to cast on! I’ve been looking for something to wear on the back of the Harley but I couldn’t find anything I wanted. I love how simple this is! Thank you!

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