Warm-Hearted—Woman seeks soulmate with the best qualities of shawl, poncho, cape, and cowl. Must work up quickly, boast both simplicity and texture, and provide hands-free warmth at the heart. Send pattern and yarn.

Is it a shawl? a poncho? a really big cowl? I’m not sure exactly! What it is is a very useful, easy to wear accessory. Wear it over (or under) your coat as a big cozy cowl for extra warmth. Wear it sideways as a poncho that leaves your arm free. Wear it like shawl that doesn’t slip off your shoulders! I find myself reaching for this all the time.

Quick and easy to knit - we did it in seven roughly one-hour sessions as a Christmas mystery in 2014 (“Just for You”). There are some simple short rows, but you don’t have to pick up any wraps.

One size fits most; for reference, model is 168 cm tall.

Gauge: 10 stitches to 10 cm of garter stitch

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 quick shawl/poncho/cowl/cape hybrid garment
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • 315 m of bulky weight yarn. Sample was knit in Madelinetosh ASAP (superwash merino)
  • 9.0 mm/US 13 circulars, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will need a 40 cm cable at the end (collar), but a longer cable is best for the beginning (bottom of garment)
  • Four stitch markers
  • 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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