Sometimes you want all the snappy style of a bandana without the fuss of knots and folds, one that stays in place and drapes perfectly without your having to fiddle with it. We’re happy to report that our Bandana Cowl fills the bill!

Bandana Cowl In Plenty | Purl Soho

You knit this one in the round, starting with a garter stitch edge, then using a center double decrease and some short rows to shape the point that makes a bandana a bandana. Some simple decreases on the way to the top ensure a cozy fit!  

Bandana Cowl In Plenty | Purl Soho

The Bandana Cowl has been a favorite pattern of ours for years, and we’re revisiting it now to give it the very special Plenty treatment. As un-scratchy as wool gets, this 100% extra fine merino is soft and squishy with a distinctive spin and very lively bounce.

Bandana Cowl In Plenty | Purl Soho

Oh, and it only takes one skein of Plenty to whip up a Bandana Cowl… Casting on now!

Bandana Cowl In Plenty | Purl Soho



Bandana Cowl In Plenty | Purl Soho

Plenty has so many beautiful colors, we whipped up Bandana Cowls in every one, plus four new colorplay versions, too: Breton Stripes, Transitional Stripes, Colorblock, and even a duplicate stitch Monogram, so you can bring your A game to this knit! (Or your B game!) Cast on to find out why the Bandana Cowl is still one of our most popular knits!

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Bandana Cowl In Plenty | Purl Soho
  • 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Plenty, 100% extra fine merino wool. Each skein is 139 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 139 yards required. We used the colors Red Plum and Ash Gray.
  • US 10 (6.0 mm), 16-inch circular needles
  • Stitch markers


16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

NOTE: We used a full skein to make this cowl. To avoid running short, please re-use your swatch yarn, double check your gauge, and be conservative with tails!


Finished Neck Opening: 17¼ inches circumference, comfortably stretching up to 5 inches

Finished Height From Point: 13½ inches



Slip Slip Knit Pass (S2KP)

Slip 2 stitches together knitwise with yarn in back, knit 1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over the knit stitch. [2 stitches decreased]

For more help with this technique, please visit our Slip Slip Knit Pass tutorial.


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

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

For a step-by-step video and photo tutorial of how to work this technique, including how to work wrapped stitches with their wraps, please visit our Short Rows: Wrap + Turn Tutorial tutorial.



Cast on 89 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Place marker (pm) and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Round 1: Purl to end of round.

Round 2: K43, s2kp (see Special Instructions, above), knit to end of round. [87 stitches]

Round 3: P42, s2kp, purl to end of round. [85 stitches]

Round 4: K41, s2kp, knit to end of round. [83 stitches]

Round 5: P40, s2kp, purl to end of round. [81 stitches]


NOTE: In this section you will be working back and forth in short rows, turning the work partway through each row. For extra help, see Special Instructions.

Short Row 1 (right side): K42, wrp-t (see Special Instructions). 

Short Row 2 (wrong side): P3, wrp-t.

Short Row 3: Knit to wrapped stitch, knit wrapped stitch with its wrap, k1, wrp-t.

Short Row 4: Purl to wrapped stitch, purl wrapped stitch with its wrap, p1, wrp-t.

Repeat Short Rows 3 and 4 eighteen more times. (Don’t worry if you lose count; you’ll know you’re done when you wrap and turn the stitches right next to the marker!)

Next Round (partial round): Knit to end of round, knitting wrapped stitch with its wrap.

Now working in the round again, knit 2 rounds even, knitting remaining wrapped stitch with its wrap.


Set-Up Round: K18, pm, k45, pm, knit to end of round.

Decrease Round: Knit to 2 stitches before first marker, knit 2 together, slip marker (sm), knit to next marker, sm, slip slip knit, knit to end of round. [2 stitches decreased]

Continuing in stockinette stitch (knitting each round), repeat Decrease Round every 4th round 5 more times, then knit 3 rounds even. [69 stitches remain]

Next Round: Purl to end of round.

Next Round: Knit to end of round.

Repeat last 2 rounds one more time. 

Bind off very loosely, purlwise.


Weave in ends and gently wet block.

Bandana Cowl In Plenty | Purl Soho
Bandana Cowl In Plenty | Purl Soho