This is as simple and soothing as a stroll in the woods. Using only knit stitches, you work back and forth (and occasionally in the round) to create wedges of colour that stack on top of each other in gentle folds. No purling, no seaming, no stress – just easy short row turns (tutorial included).
One size: 61cm / 24in circumference, approximately 28cm / 11in high
This cowl uses five 20g mini-skeins. It could easily be extended to six or more, giving a little extra warmth around the neck. Although it’s knit almost entirely back and forth, you do need to join in the round, so a circular needle is required.
A big thank you to tech editors Kate Atherley and Emily K Williams, and to my wonderful testers, for making sure this pattern is crystal clear for knitters of any level.
- Written instructions with short row photo tutorial
- One size
- Suitable for beginners
Materials you need at home:
- 100g of fingering-weight yarn: five mini-skeins or one gradient skein
- 3.25mm circular needle (16in / 40cm long)
- tapestry needle
I've been designing my own knitted creations since high school, and more recently put my publishing skills (from a career in newspaper and magazine production) to work in pattern writing. I love to create fresh, beautiful designs with thoughtful details and skill-boosting techniques that help knitters to expand their horizons.