Carrousel Cowl

This cowl knits up quickly in a simple slipped stitch pattern adapted from Barbara Walker’s book A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. Instructions are given for worsted, aran, and chunky yarn. Three colors of yarn are needed.

Finished measurements: approximately 51 cm around and 14 cm tall in worsted-weight yarn, 51 cm around and 15 cm tall in aran-weight yarn, and 52 cm around and 18 cm tall in chunky-weight yarn

Gauge (in blocked Carrousel Check stitch): 4.75 stitches to 2.5 cm in worsted-weight yarn, 4 stitches to 2.5 cm in aran-weight yarn, or 3.5 stitches to 2.5 cm in chunky-weight yarn

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.


  • Knitting pattern for textured, colorful cowl in multiple gauges
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • Three colors of worsted-, aran-, or chunky-weight yarn: 65 m of color 1, 30 m of color 2, and 30 m of color 3 for the worsted-weight version; 60 m of color 1, 25 m of color 2, and 25 m of color 3 for the aran-weight version; or 60 m of color 1, 25 m of color 2, and 25 m of color 3 for the chunky-weight version
  • 40-cm circular needles in the correct size, or whatever is needed to obtain gauge: 4.5 mm/US 7 for the worsted-weight version, 5.0 mm/US 8 for the aran-weight version, or 6.0 mm/US 10 for the chunky-weight version
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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