Near + Dear Cowl
In its classic simplicity, the Near + Dear Cowl sets the scene for our new incredibly soft, totally gorgeous, 100% cashmere Nigh to take center stage!
Nigh’s exquisite fiber comes from Mongolia, where much of the world’s highest grade of cashmere is produced. With its cold, harsh winters, this region compels its resident goats to grow the very soft, downy undercoats that are the amazing source for cashmere!
We want each moment you spend with this yarn to be special, so once Nigh is made, we give it an extra wash (actually several!) to make sure it’s soft-as-can-be from the first time you touch it.
The simple shape and stitches of the Near + Dear Cowl highlight the over-the-top beauty of Nigh. With four even plies, the yarn’s structure, plus its distinctive cashmere halo, mean that it looks amazing in this ribbed design, knitting into an even fabric with a subtle depth and gentle glow.
Nigh is available in a palette of 21 colors, some solid, some heathered, all gorgeous.
Dip into the cool waters, choosing from this collection of blues and neutrals, or explore Nigh’s warmer side with colors like Quince Blossom, French Prune, or Golden Ochre.
Whichever color you choose, we are so excited to get this yarn into your hands… We hope you enjoy every stitch!
Designed by Purl Soho designer, Laura Ferguson.
Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoNearAndDearCowl, and #PurlSohoNigh. We can’t wait to see what you make!
- 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Nigh, 100% cashmere. Each skein is 199 yards/ 55 grams; approximately 199 total yards required. We used Heirloom White, Nickel Gray, Raindrop Blue, Morning Sky, and Harbor Blue.
- US 4 (3.5 mm), 16-inch circular needles
- A stitch marker
28 stitches and 37 rounds = 4 inches in stitch pattern
NOTE: We used almost the entire skein for this cowl. To avoid running out of yarn, be sparing with your tails and check your gauge. Be sure to block your swatch, too… After all, cashmere does tend to relax!
Finished Dimensions: Approximately 18 inches circumference x 9½ inches tall
This pattern is worked over a multiple of 6 stitches.
Cast on 126 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.
Place stitch marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.
Round 1: *K5, p1, repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 9½ inches from cast-on edge.
Bind off in pattern.
Weave in the ends and gently wet block.
26 comments on “Near + Dear Cowl”
How many stitches are cast on?
Simply beautiful, yarn and pattern, cant wait to make one. Thank you Purl Soho!
I wonder will this work well in Angora Merino (80% extrafine Merino wool 20% Angora.
Can I purchase the pattern only?
Will this work with regular worsted or would the stitches be too tight?
Thank you for these simple but beautiful patterns!
I would like to knit the near and dear cowl with
the cashmere merino bloom
just confirming this is possible
also which hat would go well with this
What about using a provisional cast on, doubling the length and Kitchener stitch bind off for a tube-like cowl. Do you think it’ll keep its height or just fall flat around the neck with this modification? What would you suggest?
This pattern looks lovely. I have saved up a stash of Purl Soho’s cashmere merino bloom, Pure Camel and Posy. Which of those would
Be the best substitute for Nigh in this pattern? Thanks in advance for your advice.
How many inches does the cowl stretch to? Does one size fit all?
Could you tell me how to print the pattern, just the pattern, without all the extra info and comment section? I would like to have it printed by the time my yarn arrives this week. Thank you.
I have been knitting & crocheting since I was 14, and I have my 80th bday coming up. Yet, THIS IS THE BEST pattern EVER! My friend and I and a grnd-ddaughter and daughter-in-law have just begun wearing these. (We were then in the 1950’s !) This is the perfect pattern. I’ll make many of them. Thank you SO MUCH !!
Am i crazy?- Just knit two swatches and the stitches are not small enough with US 4 or US 3 needles. Does going down to a US 2 needle. I think after blocking the swatches they grew a little
Hi! I am lazy. 😉 I don’t want to swatch. (I’ll swatch for a sweater but not much else.) But I made 1 cowl in a size 4 and want to experiment with a 2nd cowl on size 5 needles. Is there an approximate formula to use for the # of stitches to cast on when moving between different needle sizes?
P.S. This Nigh yarn is amazing!! So soft and cozy. Love knitting with it.