Wild Grass Cowl
We love when knits and purls organize themselves into a resemblance of nature. It renews our appreciation of both knitting’s deep well of surprises and nature’s endless beauty!
Our Wild Grass Cowl seems to depict a regiment of marsh grasses, their spikelet tops so convincingly conjured by some right and left twists, plus a couple of double decreases… Amazing!
Oh, are we talking about nature? Enter Flax Down! A rustic but wonderfully soft mix of baby alpaca, extra fine merino, and linen, this single-ply beauty loves a stitch pattern. We used just two skeins of Clover Green for its fresh-cut-grass clarity but hard to go wrong with our straight-from-nature palette of over two dozen colors!
UPDATE: NOW A WRAP IN PARTRIDGE
We’ve taken the gorgeous stitch pattern of the Wild Grass Cowl and turned it into a wrap full of texture, movement, and beauty! The down-to-earth beauty of 100% merino Partridge brings the hearty pleasure of the natural world into each stitch of the Wild Grass Wrap. Plump and soft with a fuzzy halo, this single ply yarn has a satisfying density, and its tidy spin is a lovely choice for this textured fabric.
Designed by Purl Soho designer, Jake Canton. Click here to see even more of Jake’s designs!
Share your progress + connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoWildGrassCowl, and #PurlSohoFlaxDown. We can’t wait to see what you make!
- 2 skeins of Purl Soho’s Flax Down, 43% baby alpaca, 42% extra fine merino, and 15% linen. Each skein is 219 yards; approximately 299 yards required. We used Clover Green. (NOTE: We no longer offer Flax Down, but choose from one of our other light worsted/dk weight yarns.)
- US 6 (4 mm), 16-inch circular needles
- A stitch marker
24 stitches and 29 rounds = 4 inches in stitch pattern
23 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Finished Circumference At Base: 26½ inches
Finished Circumference At Top: 23¼ inches
Finished Height: 11½ inches
Right + Left Twist
RT (right twist): Knit into front of second stitch on left needle, leaving stitch on needle, then knit into front of first stitch on left needle and slip the two stitches from needle together.
LT (Left Twist): Knit into the back of second stitch on left needle, leaving stitch on needle, then knit into the front of first stitch on left needle and slip the two stitches from needle together.
For help with this stitch, please visit our Right + Left Twist tutorial.
S2kp (slip 2, knit 1, psso): Slip 2 stitches together knitwise with yarn in back, knit 1, pass slipped stitches over knit stitch and off right needle. [2 stitches decreased]
Sl1, k2tog, psso (slip 1, k2tog, pass slip stitch over): Slip 1 stitch purlwise, knit 2 stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over the k2tog and off the needle. [2 stitches decreased]
Cast on 160 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.
Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.
Round 1: *K5, p2, k1, p2, repeat from * to end of round.
Round 2: *RT (see Notes), k1, LT (see Notes), p2, k1 through back loop (tbl), p2, repeat from * to end of round.
Rounds 3-10: Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 four more times.
Round 11: *P2, k1, p2, k5, repeat from * to end of round.
Round 12: *P2, k1 tbl, p2, RT, k1, LT, repeat from * to end of round.
Rounds 13-20: Repeat Rounds 11 and 12 four more times.
Repeat Rounds 1-20 two more times.
Round 1: [K5, purl 2 together (p2tog), k1, purl 2 together through back loop (p2tog tbl), [k5, p2, k1, p2] 7 times, place marker (pm)] 2 times. [156 stitches]
Round 2: [RT, k1, LT, p3tog, *RT, k1, LT, p2, k1 tbl, p2, repeat from * to next marker] 2 times. [152 stitches]
Round 3: [K5, p1, *k5, p2, k1, p2, repeat from * to next marker] 2 times.
Round 4: [RT, k1, LT, p1, *RT, k1, LT, p2, k1 tbl, p2, repeat from * to next marker] 2 times.
Repeat Rounds 3 and 4 three more times.
Round 11: [P2, k1, p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, k1, *p2, k5, p2, k1, repeat from * to 7 stitches before next marker, p2, k5] 2 times. [148 stitches]
Round 12 (Decrease Round): [P2, k1, p3tog, k1, *p2, RT, k1, LT, p2, k1 tbl, repeat from * to 7 stitches before next marker, p2, RT, k1, LT] 2 times. [144 stitches]
Round 13 (Decrease Round): [P2, slip 1, k2tog, psso (see Notes), *p2, k5, p2, k1, repeat from * to 7 stitches before next marker, p2, k5] 2 times. [140 stitches]
Round 14: *P2, k1 tbl, p2, RT, k1, LT, repeat from * to end of round.
Round 15: *P2, k1, p2, k5, repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat Rounds 14 and 15 two more times, then repeat Round 14 one more time.
Repeat Rounds 1-10 from the Begin section one time.
Bind off in stitch pattern following the stitch pattern of Round 1. Here’s how…
Bind-Off Round: K2, pass stitch over, [k1, pass stitch over] 3 times, [p1, pass stitch over] 2 times, k1, pass stitch over, [p1, pass stitch over] 2 times, * [k1, pass stitch over] 5 times, [p1, pass stitch over] 2 times, k1, pass stitch over, [p1, pass stitch over] 2 times, repeat from * to end of round.
Weave in the ends and block as desired.
25 comments on “Wild Grass Cowl”
Thank you for this lovely pattern, I will use it with my new silk skeins which you are sending.
Take care and love.
Such a pretty pattern. If I wanted to enlarge the circumference would the increase be multiples of 8?
Wow! Love this pattern! I have many cowls still to knit and this pattern is jumping the queue! Can work for males as well. Thank you so much!
Hi Jean, lovely pattern.
Can I knit this with single pointed needles and a seam? As I wrote before, I knit with a needle under my arm.
It is a lovely pattern.
I assume that I could use the same pattern to make a scarf rather than cowl? Thank you and lovely pattern.
Wow!! Ich war sofort begeistern von diesem schlichten Halsschmeichler und hatte riesige Bedenken, das ich das Muster nicht verstehe. Trotz meines schlechten english und mit Hilfe von Google-Translate habe ich meine erstes Musterstück geschafft! Jetzt kann das große Projekt beginnen !
Danke für eure Mühe und für all die tollen Freebies und Tutorials.
Herzliche Grüße und bleibt gesund, Carmen aus Frankfurt am Main/Germany
Thank you for this lovely pattern. I would like knit a scarf rather than a cowl. Do you have a pattern chart ? Thanks
Hi there, I have reached the Decrease part / Round 13: Is this part correct: “P2, k1, p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, k1”?
From “p1, p2tog tbl, k1” it is only 9 stiches. Shouldn’t it always be x10?
Thank you for getting back to me – it is meant to be a Christmas present …
Best regards, Patricia
I would like the cowl to be snugger at top. As I see in a previous message, seems difficult to change the decreases and maintain the pattern. How about if I just cast on fewer stitches? If this is okay, what multiple of stitches should I reduce the cast on by? I’m okay with the whole cowl being narrower.
Decrease Round 1- I didn’t come out with the correct amount of stitches so much have done this row wrong. Can you explain this row to me?
After reading your comment realized what I did wrong on the decrease row. I’m back on track and anxious to complete this beautiful cowl pattern.
Thank you very much!
Just came across this pattern and picture. Just gorgeous.
I am a beginner /adv.beginner.
More beginner. Do you have a
Oattern for a cowl like this one
Height etc.with a pretty design
That I could do to give it texture.
But not complicated as this one is for ME?.I can do seed st.rib garter simple yo. Basically a bit of a pattern. I will purchase it if you could send a photo to me
I made this and absolutely love it. I’d love to make another, but Flax Down is no longer available. Do you think this would be good with Understory?