Quick + Cozy Cowl
Our Quick + Cozy Cowl may be related to a dickey-style shirt front, but its modern beauty is from a whole different family!
Practical without losing any ground to good looks, this toasty layer is designed to protect the parts of you that coats don’t always cover, while sparing your shoulders from added bulk. The long version extends over your chest for core warmth, while the short one concentrates on shielding your neck from chilly blasts.
Either way, you knit the Quick + Cozy Cowl from top down in a 2×1 rib, starting in the round and then separating the front and back panels to work each one flat to its bind-off edge. Simple, and also quick and cozy in our wonderful Super Soft Merino!
A single ply of 100% merino wool, Super Soft Merino is incredibly comfy and indubitably beautiful. You only need one skein for the short Quick + Cozy Cowl or two for the long version. Choose from almost three dozen gorgeous colors and get cozy quick!
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- 1 (2) skein(s) of Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino, 100% merino wool. Each skein is 87 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 87 (160) yards required. We used Turmeric Yellow and Ballet Pink.
- US 13 (9 mm), 16-inch circular needles
- A stitch marker
- A stitch holder or scrap yarn
12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches in k2, p1 rib
- Finished Circumference at Top of Neck: 19 inches
- Finished Height from Top to Bottom of Front Flap: 8 (16¾) inches
- Finished Height from Top to Bottom of Back Flap: 7½ (12½) inches
Samples: We knit the Turmeric Yellow sample in the Short length, and the Ballet Pink sample in the Long length.
You will work this cowl from top down, beginning in the round and then dividing for the front and back panels, working each panel flat with two length options.
Slip all slipped stitches purlwise.
Cast on 57 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 1-6: *K2, p1, repeat from * to end of round.
Round 7: [K2, p1] 4 times, k2, make 1 purlwise (m1p), k1, m1p, [k2, p1] 8 times, k2, m1p, k1, m1p, [k2, p1] 5 times. [61 stitches]
Round 8-11: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.
Round 12: [K2, p1] 4 times, k2, m1p, k1, m1p, k1, p1, [k2, p1] 9 times, k1, m1p, k1, m1p, [k2, p1] 5 times. [65 stitches]
Rounds 13–15: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.
Round 16: [K2, p1] 4 times, k2, m1p, k1, m1p, [k1, p1] 2 times, [k2, p1] 9 times, k1, p1, k1, m1p, k1, m1p, [k2, p1] 5 times. [69 stitches]
Rounds 17–19: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.
DIVIDE FRONT + BACK
Division Round: [K2, p1] 4 times, k1, place previous 13 stitches onto stitch holder or scrap yarn, [k1, p1] 4 times, [k2, p1] 9 times, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1, place remaining 14 stitches onto same stitch holder or scrap yarn and remove marker. [42 stitches on needles; 27 stitches on hold]
WORK FRONT PANEL
Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 (see Notes) with yarn in front (wyif), [k1, p1] 3 times, [k1, p2] 9 times, [k1, p1] 4 times.
Row 2 (right side): Slip 1 with yarn in back (wyib), [p1, k1] 3 times, [p1, k2] 9 times, [p1, k1] 4 times.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until Front Panel measures 8 (16¾) inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 1.
With right side facing you, bind off in stitch pattern, knitting the knit stitches and purling the purl stitches.
WORK BACK PANEL
With right side facing you, place 27 on-hold stitches onto needles and join yarn for working flat.
Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 wyib, *p1, k2, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p1, k1.
Row 2 (wrong side): Slip 1 wyif, *k1, p2, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k1, p1.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until Back Panel measures 7½ (12½) inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.
With right side facing you, bind off in stitch pattern as for Front Panel.
Weave in the ends and steam block, if desired.