With its subtle details and gorgeous color, our Eyelet Cowl is a masterpiece of simplicity and the perfect showpiece for our gorgeous new Spindle!

Eyelet Cowl | Purl Soho

We offer instructions for two sizes, so you can pick whether you want to play it close with a narrower tube or wrap your cowl twice for a toasty puddle of fabric.

Eyelet Cowl | Purl Soho

Either way, the knitting is a cinch: Cast on, join in the round, and knit away! Halfway through, you switch colors and start knitting in some simple eyelets every few rounds.

Eyelet Cowl | Purl Soho

You join the two ends of the cowl as you bind off, creating a striking double layer with a pop of color on the inside (or if you’re feeling bold, the outside!).

Eyelet Cowl | Purl Soho

Spindle is a laceweight single ply that knits into a fascinatingly beautiful fabric. It provides the warmth and structure you want in a cowl but with a lovely drape and a wonderful feel.

Eyelet Cowl | Purl Soho

Made in County Donegal of 80% merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% mulberry silk, Spindle is an exquisite interpretation of Irish tweed yarn, with a more delicate touch and a softer hand than strictly traditional versions.

Eyelet Cowl | Purl Soho

Small bits (or “burrs”) of fiber add rich variation in color and texture and also lend a rustic look, underlaid by the elegance of Spindle’s single-ply simplicity. 

Eyelet Cowl | Purl Soho
Eyelet Cowl | Purl Soho

Available in seventeen colors, Spindle has a gorgeous range of neutrals, as well as plenty of delightful pops of color. A palette perfect for pairing, whether you want a subtle contrast or a bold statement… Make your match and cast on!

Eyelet Cowl | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Hiromi Glover. Click here to see even more of Hiromi’s work!

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Eyelet Cowl | Purl Soho
  • Purl Soho’s Spindle, 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% mulberry silk. Each skein is approximately 625 yards/100 grams.
    • Color A: 1 (2) skein(s); approximately 290 (800) total yards required. We used House Wren for our Once-Around version and Heirloom White for our Twice-Around version.
    • Color B: 1 (2) skein(s); approximately 290 (800) total yards required. We used Fuchsia Rose for our Once-Around version and Golden Meadow for our Twice-Around version.
  • US 1½ (2.75 mm), 16-inch circular needles for Once-Around size, or 32- or 40-inch circular needles for Twice-Around size
  • Two stitch markers, one regular and one removable


32 stitches and 44 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


Once-Around (Twice-Around)

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 23 (55) inches circumference x 11 inches tall



You will knit this cowl in one piece, starting with Color B (the stockinette inner layer) and then switching at the halfway point to Color A (the eyelet stitch outer layer). You will finish by folding the work in half and knitting the cast-on edge together with the working stitches, binding off as you go.


This pattern is worked over a multiple of 8 stitches.



With Color B and using a basic Long Tail Cast On, cast on 184 (448) stitches.

TIP: When you’re casting on so many stitches, it really helps to place a marker or piece of scrap yarn every 50 stitches. That way, when you lose count (which you will!), you won’t have to recount all the stitches. Just remember to remove these markers when you work the first round.

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

Set-Up Round: K1 and place a removable marker on this stitch (you will come back to this marker later), knit to end of round.

Knit every round until piece measures 11 inches from cast-on edge.

Cut Color B.


Join Color A. 

Set-Up Round: Purl to end of round.

Rounds 1–3: Knit to end of round.

Round 4: *K6, yarn over (yo), knit 2 together (k2tog), repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 5–7: Knit to end of round.

Round 8: K2, *yo, k2tog, k6, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, yo, k2tog, k4.

Repeat Rounds 1–8 until piece measures approximately 22 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Round 3.


Weave in the ends at the color change (this will be inside the two layers when you are done).

NOTE: To see the following technique in action, visit our Knit Hem Tutorial, although, note that in this pattern we recommend picking up just one stitch at a time using your left needle instead of a spare needle.

Fold piece in half at purl round so wrong sides are facing each other. Hold piece so working needles and cast-on edge are parallel and at the top, with working needles on the outside.

Beginning with marked stitch from first Set-Up Round…

Bind-Off Round: Using left needle tip, [pick up purl bump on wrong side, right below cast-on edge and in same column as next stitch, knit next working stitch and picked-up stitch together] 2 times, pass first stitch on right needle over second stitch to bind off, *pick up next purl bump on wrong side, right below cast-on edge and in same column as next stitch, knit next working stitch and picked-up stitch together, pass first stitch on right needle over second stitch to bind off, repeat from * until end of round, cut yarn and pull last stitch through.

Weave in ends and gently wet block.

Eyelet Cowl | Purl Soho
Eyelet Cowl | Purl Soho