Pathways Cowl

Just recently I have tried my hand at designing.

I started with a cowl pattern. I love cowls, they are so much easier to wear than scarves and you don’t loose them as easy so I reckoned they were as good a place as any to start.

I had a picture of pathways weaving their way up the cowl.


After working out if the pattern would repeat and what the stitch count would be I set to deciding on the edging.

One of my own favourite cowls I wear is one by Sarah Burton of Verdgris Knits and it had a roll on it. This makes the cowl sit snugger into the neck and a lot more comfy to wear. So I took this idea and applied it to my cowl. You can see here how the roll sits.


I chose a dark grey and this burgundy colour to work the pattern up in.

The pathways weave and intertwine themselves beautifully up the cowl in a gentle fashion.

With the way they are worked the back becomes just as beautiful as the front and so means the cowl has no right and wrong side.

As you see in the picture the left hand side shows the back and right hand side the front but both are equally pretty.


I knit the cowl long enough that it can be worn either way’s.


Just for some added glamour I’ve teamed the cowl with a ceramic brooch from a local artist, Jeanette Everson Handmade Ceramics.

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I worked this example up in a fingering/4ply yarn for a finer lighter feel but it would work equally as well in a dk yarn for a warmer cowl.

Ruth x

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14 Responses to Pathways Cowl

  1. it looks very nice! are you going to write up the pattern and post it?

  2. iknead2knit says:

    I love cowls! Yours is especially beautiful!

  3. sandy says:

    Very nice. Hoping to get my cowl done in the next couple of days.

  4. niizdesigns says:

    what a lovely cowl! I do love the colors,
    – Nicky

  5. Renee Anne says:

    It looks lovely. I just don’t *get* the cowl thing, though…maybe it’s because they always look funny on me.

  6. Linda S says:

    You did an awesome job of designing the cowl Ruth. Very pretty.


  7. Annie says:

    I’m definitely loving this cowl! 🙂 It looks beautiful. You did such a fantastic job with it Ruth. 🙂 Very jealous here! Lol. One day I shall learn to knit… Once I have conquered learning to cook I think.

  8. Kepanie says:

    A hug for one’s neck. Your daughter’s beautiful.

  9. Karoline says:

    It’s gorgeous, congratulations

  10. Sarah says:

    Ooh! So pretty! I really love your colors and that brooch is beautiful too! Way to go with designing your first project! That is a huge accomplishment. Your models are also lovely 🙂

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