Nothing is cozier than a mountain of Purl Soho’s Gentle Giant! Our Mountain Cowl takes advantage of all this good feeling, wrapping its wearer in big, soft folds of 100% pure merino wool.

Mountain Cowl | Purl Soho

The construction is a simple stockinette loop, with reverse stockinette edges and a gently sloping decrease toward the top. And knit up on US 19 needles at a whopping 1 1/2 stitches to the inch, your Mountain Cowl will be done before you can say Kilimanjaro!

Mountain Cowl | Purl Soho

In Calico Pink, our cowl takes on the beauty of a sun soaked summit, a mountain peak as day yields to night. Gentle Giant’s entire palette evokes this kind of mystery, from stormy Poseidon Green to gentle Winter Bark. Pick the one that speaks to you! -Joelle

Mountain Cowl | Purl Soho


Mountain Cowl | Purl Soho

  • 5 skeins of Purl Soho’s Gentle Giant, 100% merino wool. Each skein is 48 yards; approximately 240 yards required. This color is Calico Pink. (Please note that we used 5 skeins, but it’s possible you’ll need a sixth. If you do buy 6, don’t wind it until you know you need it. If you don’t end up using the sixth skein, you can exchange it for store credit, as long as its unwound and within 6 months of buying it.)
  • US 19, 32-inch circular needles
  • A jumbo stitch marker


6 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


Finished circumference at top: 53 inches

Finished circumference at bottom: 60 inches

Finished height: 15 inches (with edges unrolled)


Cast on 90 stitches.

Place a marker and join to work in the round, being to careful to not twist the stitches.

Purl every stitch for 6 rounds (or for approximately 3 inches, edge unrolled).

Knit every stitch for 2 inches.

Decrease Round: K2tog, knit to end of round. [1 stitch decreased]

Next Round: Knit.

Repeat last two rounds until 80 stitches remain.

Purl every stitch for 6 rounds (or for approximately 3 inches).

Bind of loosely, purlwise.

Weave in the ends and gently block. Done!

(Note: In the photo below the edges are lying flat because we’d just blocked the cowl, but with a little time and wear the edges will roll, like they do in the photo on the mannequin. Both ways are beautiful!)

Mountain Cowl | Purl Soho