Sleek, modern, and oh, so soft and warm.

You’ve probably been told never to judge a book by its cover, but neither should you judge a yarn by the skein. For months Cascade Eco Duo sat on our shelves and, while it was beautifully soft, we just couldn’t tell how it would knit up. In our wildest dreams we would never have thought it would knit into something a drapey and dense and soft and warm and stripy as it did. We are in love.

Claudia spent a couple of weeks knitting up this cowl and it was such a hit we thought we’d give you the pattern. If you knit one for yourself (and trust us, you want one), let us know how it turns out. Better yet, share it with us on Ravelry! (There is a downloadable pdf at the bottom of this post.)

Claudia’s Cowl

Finished size: 57 inches longe before seaming; 17 inches wide when stretched, 10 inches wide when relaxedMaterials: 3 skeins Cascade Eco Duo; 4.5 mm needle (or size needed to obtain gauge); darning needle
Gauge: 11 stitches/13 rows = 2 inches

k – knit
p – purl
RS – right side
sts – stitches
WR – wrong side
* * – repeat instruction to the end of the row

Row 1 (RS): k4, *p4, k4* until 4 sts from the end, k4
Row 2 (WS): k4 *k4, p4* until 4 sts from the end, k4

Row 1 (RS): k4 *k4, p4* until 4 sts from the end, k4
Row 2 (WS): k4, *p4, k4* until 4 sts from the end, k4

Row 1 (RS): Knit
Row 2 (WS): k4, purl until 4 sts from the end, k4

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Cast on 84 stitches. Knit one row

Knit Ribbing Part One for one inch, finishing with row 2. You are now ready to work a RS row.

*Knit in stockinette (as per directions) for two inches. Knit Ribbing Part Two for two inches. Knit stockinette section for two inches. Knit Ribbing part one for two inches.*

Repeat * * seven times, or until almost all of your yarn has been used up. Knit one row. Bind off, leaving a long tail (at least 20 inches).

To turn this long scarf into a cowl, bring the cast- on and bind-off edges together and sew them together with the tail, using mattress stitch.

Cuddle up and stay warm!

Download the pattern pdf: Claudia’s Cowl

Free Pattern: Claudia’s Cowl
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3 thoughts on “Free Pattern: Claudia’s Cowl

  • December 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I love this pattern. I have had the yarn for awhile and couldn’t figure out what I wanted to make with it. I have just two skeins. How would you adjust the pattern to make that work and still have that drapy look? Not as wide? Shorter?

  • March 19, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I’m confused about the direction to use mattress stitch to connect the ends of this cowl. I’m an intermediate knitter, but I have never seen tutorials or written instructions for mattress stitch that would connect horizontal pieces, only vertical pieces. Am I simply misinformed? Is there a way to use mattress stitch to seamlessly connect cast on and bind off ends? (If so, can you point me to it?)

    • March 27, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Hi Melissa,

      The horizontal mattress stitch is the same one you would use to join the shoulders of a sweater knit in pieces. This tutorial has good photos and should make things easier.

      Thanks for getting in touch!


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