Thursday, July 17, 2008

Man (or Anyone) Cowl

As there were enough requests after my last post, here is a quick write-up (a recipe, really) for my Man Cowl (ravelry link).
Sorry for re-hashing the other photos, so little free daylight time for me lately.
Hope it makes sense, and let me know if anything needs clarification/correction.



Man (or Anyone) Cowl

Yarn - I used about 150g of fingering weight yarn held doubled (Fleece Artist Sea Wool). I believe a similar amount of worsted weight would do as well.
Needles - Circular(s) or DPNs suitable to get gauge. I used 5.0mm.
Notions - A stitch marker to mark the round (optional).

Finished size: Approximately 11" wide (22" in circumference) by 14" in length.

Gauge: Not terribly drastic, but 20st/4"

Notes: The stitch pattern is worked over a multiple of 10+1 stitches. I used 101, but if you prefer a snugger fitting item, I ould suggest reducing by 10 or 20 stitches, depending.

Cast on 101 stitches (multiple of 10+1) using preferred method (I used a longtail cast-on).
Garter edging - *P1 round, K1 round* 3 times, P1 round
Transition - Note: the last stitch of each round will be the first knit stitch of the next round. The result of that is that the purl stitches will start to spiral to the right.
Round 1: *K1, P9* to one stitch from end
Round 2: *K2, P8* to one stitch from end
Round 3: *K3, P7* to one stitch from end
Round 4: *K4, P6* to one stitch from end
Round 5: *K5, P5* to one stitch from end
Round 6: *K6, P4* to one stitch from end
Round 7: *K7, P3* to one stitch from end
Round 8: *K8, P2* to one stitch from end
Main Portion - Mark beginning of round and work *K9, P1* until desired length (approximately 11.5" from start, about 60 rounds)
Transition - Note: I worked exactly 60 rounds which ensured that the first repeat of the round was larger than the others by one stitch. If you work a number of rounds that is not a multiple of 10 rounds, you will need to identify it (it will be apparent in the first round, as it will interrupt the stitch pattern) and work one extra knit stitch in that repeat (absorbing that extra one stitch). I have indicated this at the start of the round, but it may be in a different place depending how long you knit the main portion.
Round 1: K9, P2 *K8, P2* to end
Round 2: K8, P3 *K7, P3* to end
Round 3: K7, P4 *K6, P4* to end
Round 4: K6, P5 *K5, P5* to end
Round 5: K5, P6 *K4, P6* to end
Round 6: K4, P7 *K3, P7* to end
Round 7: K3, P8 *K2, P8* to end
Round 8: K2, P9 *K1, P9* to end
Round 9: K1, P to end
Garter Edging - *K1 round, P1 round* 3 times, K1 round, bind off in Purl.
Finishing - Weave in ends, block, be awesome.




theaudiochick said...

yay for the pattern! you are wondrously wonderful Michael!

*roots through stash to find appropriate yarn to cast on with*

J said...

Thank you!Thank you!Thank you!

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andiknit said...

Great cowl and I love that it uses fingering weight yarn! I love the pictures. Thanks so much for the pattern.

moo said...

found you via Kelly girl knits. really nice pattern. I am going to make this for Husband for Christmas next year. Thanks!

Unknown said...


Great Cowl...starting it today.....thanks from another boy who knits...gasp!

Eric B.

Jarka said...

woow! thanks for the pattern!
now I just have to get home and start knitting!

and boys who knit are really cool! just keep knitting and posting such awesome patterns!

James said...

I was looking for something just like this, so thanks from another boy who (just learned how to) knit(s). I'm a total beginner, though, so I'm confused as to what you mean by "fingering-weight, doubled."

aestus said...

Yet another boy who knits here. I'm all about socks right now, but my neighbour saw me wearing this cowl and I had to find the pattern for her. I wear mine a LOT. It's amazing. Though the end product was a bit loose for my liking so I took a chance and washed it. It shrank and felted just the right amount! I lost a bit of the pattern in the felting but it was worth it. Thank you for the pattern!

Unknown said...

Thanks for a manly looking pattern. Am going to try to get one of these cowls done for our daughter's new man (I've been assured the knitting curse doesn't apply here).

I had to look the photos over very carefully, but I think I see what you've done - c'est magnifique!


Yum Yum Candle said...

I'm working on this pattern now for my dad. It's coming out beautifully. Will update you later. Thanks!

Candice said...

An amazing, aesthetic cowl! My favorite cowl pattern of all!
I have knit this cowl to gift to all my friends and relatives, and now I'm on one for myself.
Thank you!

Merran said...

I too am wondering what you mean by fingering weight held doubled, do you mean two strands of thinking you must if you are using 5mm needles.

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SanityKnitter said...

Wow! This pattern is over 12yrs old and still amazingly popular! Goood stuff!

Candice said...

My most favorite cowl pattern! I've knit many to gift to family & friends, and, of course, myself.
Thank you,

SMP said...

This pattern is FANTASTIC!!!! I work outside as maillady. In these days of covid, I have made a simple adjustment (sraps of spare yarn) to make it so a mask can tie in on the inside. I can wear it while I deliver and it doubles as my PPE!

SMP said...

Ughhh now if I could only tie on my glasses to see my typos... Apologies.