Considered for word of the year by the Oxford Dictionary, “hygge” is in the air! Use it as a noun, adjective, or verb, hygge is a Danish term that basically means getting cozy and feeling content. Danes traditionally tap into its spirit throughout the long winter months, and so obviously, knitting is totally hygge… And so is our Pivot Cowl in warm and toasty Cashmere Merino Bloom!

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I love the simplicity and graphic quality of garter stitch and played with both for our Pivot Cowl. A short-row triangle neighboring simple rectangles creates a ton of visual interest, as well as a gentle curve along the bottom of the cowl. The result is a beautiful drape, a flattering fit, and a very engaging knit!

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The Pivot Cowl may look intimidating to make, but that wouldn’t be very hygge… It’s a lot easier than you may think! Grab two skeins of our absolutely gorgeous Cashmere Merino Bloom and do like the Danes do! – Joelle

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Designed by Purl Soho founder and co-owner, Joelle Hoverson.

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20 stitches = 4 inches in garter stitch
48 rows (24 “ridges”) = 4 inches in garter stitch


Circumference around top edge: Approximately 20 inches

Circumference around bottom edge: Approximately 29 inches

Height: Approximately 10 inches


Wrp-t (wrap and turn):

  • On the right side: Keeping the yarn in front, slip the next stitch purlwise from the left needle to the right needle. Bring the yarn to the back. Return the slipped stitch to the left needle. Bring the yarn to the front. Turn the work so the wrong side is facing you.

Because the piece is in garter stitch, you do not have to pick up and knit the wraps when you get to them.


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You will start your cowl at the bottom 17-inch edge and knit in the direction of the diagram’s arrow. In the end, the cast on will be at the top edge of the cowl. After knitting the 17 x 10-inch rectangle, you will pivot the piece, pick up along its selvage, and work short rows to form a triangle, again knitting in the direction of the arrow.  To finish, you will knit a rectangle and then join its stitches to the remaining selvage with a simple 3-Needle Bind Off.


Knit a Rectangle

Using a Long Tail Cast On, cast on 85 stitches.

Row 1 (wrong side): Knit.

Row 2 (right side): Knit.

NOTE: Once you have worked a few inches, place a removable stitch marker or piece of scrap yarn on the right side of the piece to help you keep track of the sides as you continue.  It also helps to note that the cast-on tail  is at the lower left corner as you face the right side.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until there are 60 ridges on the right side (approximately 10 inches from the cast-on edge), ending with a wrong-side row. (A “ridge” is two rows of garter stitch.)

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Next Row (right side): Loosely bind off in knit stitch, leaving the last stitch live on the needles.

Pivot + Knit A Triangle

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With the right side facing you, use the empty needle to pick up (without knitting) 60 stitches along the left selvage of the rectangle. Pick up one stitch in each ridge.

Row 1 (right side): With the needle that’s holding the remaining bind-off stitch, knit through the back loop of each stitch. [61 stitches on the needles, including final bind-off stitch from previous step]

Row 2 (wrong side): Knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog.  [60 stitches]

Row 3: Knit to last 2 stitches, wrp-t (see Notes, above).

Row 4: Knit.

Row 5: Knit to 1 stitch before previous wrapped stitch, wrp-t.

Repeat Rows 4 and 5 until last stitch remains, ending with a right-side row and 1 stitch remaining on the right needle.

NOTE: You have just created a triangle with the short rows. In the end, the selvage side of the triangle will be along the bottom edge of the cowl, and the opposite point will be at the top edge of the cowl.

Knit Another Rectangle

Row 1 (wrong side): Knit to end of row.

Row 2 (right side): Knit to end of row, including the stitch that remained from working the short rows.

Knit even for 3 inches (or until the top edge measures 20 inches), ending with a wrong-side row.

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Bind off: With a spare needle and the right side facing you, pick up (without knitting) one stitch in each ridge of the selvage edge of the original rectangle. [60 stitches on each needle]

With the right sides facing out, work a 3-Needle Bind Off.

Weave in ends and block.

I like to wear my Cowl with the seam on the outside!

Pivot Cowl | Purl Soho
Pivot Cowl | Purl Soho

P.S. There was a small but significant correction made to this pattern on the morning of January 7, 2016, to work the short rows from the front rather than the back. Please accept my apologies for any confusion caused by this mistake and subsequent change!  –Joelle