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Fantastically soft and luxurious cowl - you will want to wear it all day, everyday!
Looking for an everyday, scrumptious cowl that you never want to take off? Knit the Mandy Cowl and you’ll love it’s soft, squishy texture and incredible warmth. Though this pattern has a feminine name, it’s style is unisex so it can easily be knit for a man or woman.

*See attached PDF for full instructions and helpful pics*

Posted by GinaHouse from Londonderry, New Hampshire, United States • Published See GinaHouse's 9 projects »
  • 102928_2F2014-06-30-142447-MandyCowl.pdf 2.57 MB [ Download ]

You Will Need

4 Button (optional) Tapestry Needle Measuring Tape Scissors Stitch Markers
Yarn: 220 yards of a soft, single ply merino wool yarn (like Malabrigo "Worsted" or Manos del Uruguay "Maxima")
Needle: US 8 (5 mm) 20-24" circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Hook: US 8 (5 mm)
Gauge: 4 sts and 8 rows = 1 inch in garter stitch
  • Step 1

    Cast on 139 stitches loosely. Being careful not to twist, join in the round and place a marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

  • Step 2

    1. Garter Ribbing: (approx. 1”/2.5 cm)

    Round 1: purl
    Round 2: knit

    Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 three more times. (A total of 8 rounds)

  • Step 3

    2. Body of Cowl: (approx. 5”/12.7 cm)**

    Follow the Background Lace pattern (see Background Lace Chart) for 12 rounds. (3 repeats)

    Repeat Garter Ribbing two times. (4 rounds)

    Follow the Background Lace pattern for 12 rounds. (3 repeats)

    Repeat Garter Ribbing two times. (4 rounds)

    **You may also wish to make the cowl TALLER (add one extra repeat of the Garter Ribbing and Lace Background pattern), but it will require more yarn...approx. 90 yards/82 m more. If you wish to make the cowl SMALLER in circumference, cast on fewer stitches...possibly 101 sts or so...or an odd number of stitches. Consult your gauge to see how many sts/inch you require.**

  • Step 4

    3. Finishing Cowl: (approx. 1”/2.5 cm)

    Repeat Garter Ribbing section, binding off the cowl purlwise to the last 5 sts. If you wish to add the optional strap/button to your cowl, skip to the Optional Garter Strap directions below. If not, go ahead and bind off the rest of the stitches.

    Cut yarn, leaving a 4” tail, pull through your last stitch and weave in the ends on the wrong side of the cowl. And, yes, there IS supposed to be a line to show where the back of the hat is :D. That is the seam.

  • Step 5


    Purl the last 5 sts (6 sts on needle). Purl every row (working back and forth) until your strap measures 9”/22.9 cm or desired length. Bind off the 5 sts purlwise. 1 st remaining. Change to the crochet hook and chain 3 sts. Slip stitch that last stitch with the left side of the strap end. Weave in all ends.

    Place the cowl around your neck with the back seam/strap section at the back of your neck on the left side. Fold the right side of the cowl toward the front of your neck, overlapping the left side of the cowl.

    Bring the strap firmly (but not tightly) to the front of your cowl - finding a desired place for the button. Using the other clip stitch marker (or safety pin), mark the place where you would like to add your button and sew the button onto the cowl.

  • Step 6

    Lace Background Stitch:

    Round 1: k1, *yo, (sl1, k1, yo, psso over 2 sts)*; repeat *...* to end
    Round 2: k1, *drop yo, k2*; repeat *...* to end
    Round 3: k2, *yo, (sl1, k1, yo, psso over 2 sts)*; repeat *...* to last st, k1
    Round 4: k2, *drop yo, k2*; repeat *...* to last st, k1

    Repeat Rounds 1-4 for pattern.

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