Samples of cowls and swatches.

3-6 class hours.

Design your own cowl! Keep it simple, or make it complex, class concepts will help you decide how much you’re ready to take on. You’ll learn about types of stitch patterns, pattern repeats (“multiple of 6 sts”) and balancing stitches (the + 2 in “multiple of 6 sts + 2”), selvedge stitches, options for working with large stitch repeats and panels and considerations for working methods (flat or circular? widthwise or lengthwise?), all of which influence and affect overall design possibilities.

At the end of class you’ll be on your way to your own cowl designs.


  • 100 yds DK (3) or heavier yarn and needles appropriate for yarn (from ball band or experience) for swatch homework and class exercises.
  • Paper, pencil and eraser for drawing cowl shapes.


Work 2×2 Rib and Seaweed Pattern swatches. Choose a stitch pattern and yarn for your own cowl, and make a swatch 5 inches square; bind off.

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

Cast on 38 sts (1 selvedge stitch on each end). Work Seaweed Pattern (multiple of 6 sts, 12 rows) 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.

One side of the Seaweed Pattern
One side of the Seaweed Pattern.
Another side of the Seaweed pattern.
Another side of the Seaweed pattern.