Malabrigo Cowl

I want to say thank God the holidays are over, but actually, that would mean I have no more days off. Let me say then that I am glad all the rushing around to shops and parties, etc are over as I need a break.

Malabrigo Cowl

I worked both Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas at K2Tog, and although it was fun, it was also exhausting.

Just before Christmas, I decided I wanted to try and make a cowl. Cowls seem to be the in thing this winter, and I don’t have one. So I poked through my stash and found a skein of Malabrigo, got out my Knitting on the Edge stitchionary by Nicky Epstein and started designing on the needles. Here’s the result:

I love it! The cowl measures about 16 inches in diameter lying on a table and about 5 and half inches tall. I wanted something I could wear that would show off some of my vintage jewelery collection, so I am wearing it folded to the side and pinned in place. It can also be worn as it cares to fall, which is sort of like a lose turtleneck. Here is the pattern, which you can adapt to make bigger (in any multiple of 11 stitches) or wider – just knit til you feel you are done. If you need Malabrigo, go to K2Tog’s Malabrigo worsted page – we have it in a mountain of colors.

Malabrigo Cowl


1 skein Malabrigo Worsted Merino (210 yds), or other worsted weight yarn

Stitch marker

Size 7 -24″ circular needles

Tapestry needle


UNSTRETCHED cowl measures 16 inches in circumference by 5.5 inches in height.

GAUGE: 18 stitches by 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch (4.5 stitches per inch)

M1: With LH needle, lift strand between needles and knit into the back of the loop now on the LH needle. (1 st increased).

Cast on 121 sts (or any multiple of 11 sts). Join for knitting in the round. Place marker at beginning of round.

Rnd 1 (RS) – Knit

Rnd 2 – Knit

Rnd 3 – *p2tog twice, [m1, k1] 3 times, m1, p2tog twice; rep from * to end

Rnds 4 and 5 – Knit

Rnd 6 – Purl

Rnd 7 – *[k2, p2] twice, k1, p2; rep from * to end

Repeat rnd 7 until cowl measures approximately 5 inches, or desired length. Bind off using picot method: cast off 2 sts, *move st on RH needle back to LH needle, cast on 3 sts using cable cast-on method, bind off 5 sts, repeat from * till all sts are bound off. Weave in ends and trim tails.


About kjwinston

I am a freelance religion reporter living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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3 Responses to Malabrigo Cowl

  1. ruralbeauty says:

    That is really cute. Love it, and of course you have an ETSY site so I can go spend lots of money I don’t have. Love the bead bracelets too. I sew beads onto pretty much everything… need to blog about that LOL. I’m new here, so HI from NC. I saw your post about knitting socks too. I’ve been looking for a pattern for knitted thigh highs… I got a pair for Christmas last year and I adore them. I tried to knit and gave up quick. More of a sewing machine and hot glue girl myself. Take Care

  2. Chris T. says:

    Lovely cowl, dah-link. Perfect showcase for your vintage brooch. I must say I love my cowl – the Good Luck Cowl – and wear it often. It’s more practical than a scarf and keeps my neck warm. Mine is made from Colinette Jitterbug. Well I’m off to the PNW for a few days. I hope to see you in 2010! Happy Happy!

  3. Rachel says:

    Must. Learn. To. Knit.

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