This cowl transitions across three blocks that each blend two colors in a textured stitch pattern. The pattern is a modified version of moss stitch, slipping the knit stitches every other row. Both sides are interesting: the worked side has a more striped look, while the inside has a more woven appearance. The cowl is designed to fit snuggly doubled, or loosely in a single easy loop.
Customize the design with color choice: use more or less contrast; work as a single-band cowl in two colors; make it a stash-buster with many sections of different colors. Size is also adjustable: CO any even number of stitches to change circumference, and work more or fewer sections or change their width to alter height.
40″ (102 cm) circumference × 9″ (23 cm) high (wet blocked).
Knit Picks City Tweed DK (55% Merino wool, 25% Superfine alpaca, 20% Donegal tweed; 123 yards [112 meters]/50 grams): 24550 Tabby (A), 1 ball; 24543 Plum Wine (B), 1 ball; 24982 Blue Blood (C), 1 ball.
We thank Knit Picks for their sponsorship of this design’s yarn.
Size US 7 (4.5 mm): 29-32” circular
18 sts and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking.
Please see our standard abbreviations.
Moss slip-stitch (in the round)
Rnd 1: *P1, sl1 wyb, rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 2: *K1, p1, rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 3: *sl1 wyb, P1, rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 4: *P1, k1, rep from * to end of round.
This pattern is worked in the round. Each section alternates between two colors, using each for two consecutive rows.
With A, CO 176 sts and join in the round.
Rnd 1: *P1, k1, rep from * to end of rnd.
Begin working moss slip-stitch, using B for Rnds 1-2 and A for Rnds 3-4.
Rep these 4 rnds until piece measures 3.5″/9 cm, ending with a Rnd 2.
Cut A and join C.
Continue working moss slip-stitch, beginning with Rnd 3, using B for Rnds 1-2 and C for Rnds 3-4 until piece measures 7″/18 cm, ending with a Rnd 4.
Cut B and rejoin A.
Continue working moss slip-stitch, beginning with Rnd 1, using A for Rnds 1-2 and C for Rnds 3-4 until piece measures 10.5″/27 cm, ending with a Rnd 2.
Loosely BO all sts with A.
Weave in all ends and wet block, pulling gently horizontally to open the stitch pattern.
About the Designer: ND
ND learned to knit in first grade. She has been creating designs since high school.
She enjoys experimenting with combinations of texture and shaping techniques to produce unique designs that are interesting both to knit and wear.