The Northwoods Cowl

The Northwoods Cowl



My goal with this piece was to create a cowl that felt like you were wearing a piece of nature. This lace stitch reminds me of pinecones and just felt very “woodsy” to me. I choose to go with a long length so that this cowl snuggles right up around you, keeping you warm from the cold. Even though the lace creates an airy texture, you still get the warmth from the way the cowl drapes around your neck.

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Supplies Needed

Needle Size: US 8/5mm 24” circular knitting needles

Yarn: 125 g / 290 m (4.4oz / 317 yards) Lion Brand Merino Yak Alpaca Yarn in the color “Oatmeal” or any worsted weight yarn. 

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Stitch Abbreviations

BO – Bind Off

CO – Cast On

K – Knit

K2tog – Knit 2 together

P – Purl

Skpo – Slip, Knit, Passover. To make an Skpo: slip the first stitch knit-wise onto the right-hand needle without knitting it. Knit the next stitch. Using the left-hand needle, pick up the first stitch and pass it over the stitch you just knit. For a video visual from We Are Knitters, Click Here.

Sts – Stitches

YO – Yarn Over

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Important Notes

Gauge: 4 in x 3.75 in (10 cm x 9.5 cm) swatch measuring from center point to center point for height.

The 12 sts between the garter stitch edges is your lace pattern and should measure 2.75 in (7 cm) wide.

To swatch for gauge in pattern CO 18 sts

Row 1: K3, (K2tog) twice, (YO, K1) 3 times, YO, (Skpo) twice, K4

Row 2: K3, P12, K3

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 three more times

Rows 9 & 10: K3, P12, K3

Repeat Rows 1 – 10 one more time


Final measurements: Approximately 27 in (69 cm) circumference / approximately 13.5 in (33 cm) wide while flat. 19 in (48 cm) tall (with a light steam blocking)


CO 108 (plus 1 if you use an extra stitch for your CO method), join in the round being careful not to twist your sts.

Rounds 1 & 3: K all sts

Round 2: P all sts

Rounds 4, 6, 8, 10: *(K2tog) twice, (YO, K1) 3 times, YO, (Skpo) twice, K1* Repeat to end.

Rounds 5, 7, 9, 11: K all sts

Row 12: P all sts

Row 13: K all sts

Repeat Rounds 4 – 13 nine more times.


I suggest a light steam blocking to give your piece a nice final touch and some shaping to the final edges. Don’t overstretch it.

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