Our Gradient Cowl in Linen Quill spins in a stunning wheel of color. Different than our original Gradient Cowl in Line Weight (no longer available), which was like a bright ferris wheel, this one in our new Linen Quill is more like a walk around a quiet, windswept field.

Gradient Cowl in Linen Quill | Purl Soho

Linen Quill’s blend of fine highland wool, alpaca, and linen brings a rugged elegance to our Gradient Cowl. Its drape has beautiful body and drama, and its fine weight is perfect for spring’s chills.

Gradient Cowl in Linen Quill | Purl Soho

And in our Sweetgrass palette, this Cowl flows from warm neutrals, through earthy pink, and into stony grays. The yarn is doubled throughout, so that each color transitions to the next by combining one strand of each. The effect is like a Japanese ink wash, quiet, subtle, and very beautiful.

Gradient Cowl in Linen Quill | Purl Soho

Our Gradient Cowl Bundle (no longer available) includes all the yarn you’ll need to make your own beautiful circle of color!

Gradient Cowl in Linen Quill | Purl Soho

Update:  New Colors of Linen Quill!

April 16, 2018
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We’ve added seventeen (yes, seventeen!) new colors to our Linen Quill collection and to celebrate, we’ve added two new color choices to our Gradient Cowl Bundles (no longer available): the warm pinks of Barn Door and the cool blues of Cove!

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Gina Rockenwagner. Click here to see even more of Gina’s designs!

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Gradient Cowl in Linen Quill | Purl Soho

 (NOTE: the Gradient Cowl Bundles are no longer available.)…

  • 5 skeins Purl Soho’s Linen Quill, 50% wool, 35% alpaca, and 15% linen. Each skein is 439 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 1,600 yards required. These colors, from the top, are Pale Oats, Pale Mushroom, Rose Granite, Oatmeal Gray, and Salt + Pepper.
  • US 7 (4.5mm), 24-inch circular needles


20 stitches = 4 inches in seed stitch with yarn doubled


Finished Height: 12 inches

Finished Circumference: 58 inches


The pattern refers to each color by letter. Below are the letters we assigned to each of the Linen Quill colors. If you have chosen your own colors, arrange them in a pleasing order and name them letters A-E.

A: Pale Oats
B: Pale Mushroom
C: Rose Granite
D: Oatmeal Gray
E: Salt + Pepper


To make this cowl, we followed our original Gradient Cowl in Line Weight pattern.

Gradient Cowl in Linen Quill | Purl Soho