Blackcomb Cowl - hand knitting pattern

This luscious, oversized cowl is deeply textured, thanks to springy double garter stitch. It’s constructed by first working a rectangle with long rows, then picking up stitches along one selvedge edge. The rest of the cowl is worked perpendicular to the original rows. Wear it draped once around the shoulders as a voluminous wrap or doubled as a cozy neck warmer.

Skills required: Long tail cast-on (the double-wrap cast-on is based on it), three-needle bind-off (the double bind-off is based on it), picking up stitches.

Gauge: 13½ sts and 12 rows = 4” (10 cm) in double garter st, blocked.

Finished Measurements: 58" (147.5 cm) in circumference and 14" (35.5 cm) tall


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • Metric and imperial measurements
  • 58" (147.5 cm) in circumference and 14" (35.5 cm) tall
  • Links to video tutorials

Materials you need at home:

  • Chunky weight yarn; 650 yds (600 m)
  • Shown here: Miss Babs K2; 240 yd (219 m) per 7.2 oz (204 g) skein; 100% Merino Wool; 3 skeins Blackwatch
  • 7 mm (US 10 1⁄2) circular needle, 32" (80 cm) long
  • Spare circular needle, any size up to 7 mm (US 10 1⁄2), at least 16" (40 cm) long
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Holli Yeoh

A Holli Yeoh pattern is sure to offer something to learn, as well as a casually elegant aesthetic. Interesting techniques and clear instructions—developed from years of teaching and pattern writing experience—ensure a rewarding knit with beautiful results. Her work has appeared in industry leading publications including Vogue Knitting, Interweave Press, and Amirisu, as well as in her website (holli and in her book Tempest, published in collaboration with SweetGeorgia Yarns.

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