Cowl-O-Rama! Design Your Own Cowl

Cowl-O-Rama! Design Your Own Cowl

3-6 class hours.

Keep it simple or go deep into design, it’s your choice! You’ll begin by drawing a simple schematic representation for your cowl. Using homework swatches, you will learn how to evaluate fabric for suitability, and how to measure stitch and row gauge. Class exercises will explore the character of different stitch patterns, repeats and balance stitches, options for working with large stitch repeats and panels, and considerations for working methods (flat or circular? widthwise or lengthwise?), as well as walking through the necessary math. You’ll be guided gently through class concepts as you decide how much you’re ready to take on. At the end of class you’ll be on your way to a self-designed cowl!

Know Before You Show

Cast on, knit, purl, bind off; simple incs/decs, follow written instructions and simple charts.


  • 50 yds DK (3) or heavier yarn.
  • Needles appropriate for yarn for swatch homework and class exercises.
  • Paper, pencil and eraser for drawing cowl shapes, calculator.
  • 100-400 yds DK (3) or heavier yarn for your own cowl; needles appropriate for yarn


Using homework yarn, work 2×2 Rib and Seaweed pattern swatches as described below. Choose a stitch pattern and yarn for your own cowl, and make a swatch 5 inches square; bind off.

2×2 Rib

Cast on 28 sts. Work in 2×2 rib until work measures 5 inches; bind off.

Seaweed (multiple of 6 sts, 12 rows)

Cast on 38 sts (1 selvedge stitch on each end). Work Seaweed pattern  as follows:
Row 1: K1, [p4, k2] to last st, k1.
Row 2 and all other even rows: K1; knit the knit sts, purl the purl sts (as they appear on this side of the work) to last st, k1.
Row 3: K1, [p3, k3] to last st, k1.
Row 5: K1, [p2, k4] to last st, k1.
Row 7: K1, p1, [k4, p2] to last 6 sts, k4, p1, k1.
Row 9: K1, p1, [k3, p3] to last 6 sts, k3, p2, k1.
Row 11: K1, p1, [k2, p4] to last 6 sts, k2, p3, k1.
Repeat Rows 1-12 two more times; bind off.

Another side of the Seaweed pattern.

Another side of the Seaweed pattern.

One side of the Seaweed Pattern

One side of the Seaweed Pattern.