Stonesinger Cowl

This delightfully squishy cowl features tightly woven cables and lots of texture. Knit in the round from the bottom up with Aran weight yarn, this is the perfect project for when you want something quick yet engaging.

I’m absolutely thrilled about this collaboration with Morgan of Knitcraft and Knittery, whose Aran Weight Merino I used for the pattern. The yarn is ultra soft, has great stitch definition, and is made using sustainable materials and environmentally friendly techniques.

Have you seen Morgan’s yarn? Follow @knitcraftandknittery on Instagram to see some of their dreamy, earthy colors and visit knitcraftandknittery.com to purchase some for yourself. The Stonesinger Cowl is made with their Aran Weight Merino, but I’ve also played with their Fingering Weight Merino and Fingering Weight Corriedale and can confidently say that every base is amazing!

A green cowl with tightly woven cables surrounded by squishy textures is laying on an old wooden trunk.
A green cowl with tightly woven cables surrounded by squishy textures is laying on an old wooden trunk.
A woman with long, curly auburn hair wears a green cabled cowl around her neck.
A woman with long, curly auburn hair wears a green cabled cowl around her neck.

The pattern includes both charted and fully written instructions, plus two Low Vision Accessible (LVA) versions.

Customization is one of the best things about knitting! The pattern includes instructions for three different widths (small, medium, and large) and two different heights (short and tall). Is your ideal cowl somewhere in between or beyond what’s listed? The pattern includes tips on how to modify both width and height.

Sizes and Yarn

Small Width:
9″ / 22.5cm
Medium Width:
13.5″ / 34.25cm
Large Width:
18″ / 45.75
Short Height:
8.5″ / 21.5cm
200 yards
182 meters
305 yards
280 meters
405 yards
370 meters
Tall Height:
12.5″ / 31.75cm
300 yards
275 meters
455 yards
416 meters
610 yards
558 meters
Note: Measurements were taken with the cowl laying on a flat surface. Double the width to find the circumference.

The sample (small width, short height) used 200 yards (182 meters) of Knitcraft and Knittery’s Aran Weight Merino (100% Merino) in colorway Brockenshire.

Knitcraft and Knittery’s Aran Weight Merino is a springy yarn with great stitch definition. A solid or semi-solid colorway is recommended so as not to obscure the intricate cables.

Needles
US 6 / 4mm circular needles with:

  • 16″ / 41cm long cord for small width
  • 24″ / 61cm long cord for medium and large widths

Gauge
22 sts and 32 rows in American Moss stitch (knit in the round, measured after blocking)

Notions
Four (six, eight) stitch markers [for small (medium, large) widths]
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Skills and Techniques
Basic: knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, m1L, German twisted cast on, binding off in pattern
Cables: C4F, C4B, 2/2LPC, 2/2RPC, 2/1/2LPC, 2/1/2RPC, 2/1LPCDec, 2/1RPCDec

Difficulty
Test knitters rated this as advanced beginner or intermediate. Prior experience with cables is recommended.

Files

  • Stonesinger Cowl_v1 includes both charted and written instructions in standard sized font.
  • Stonesinger Cowl_white background_v1 has black text on white background, 22-24 point font, sans serif font, no italics, and fully written directions.
  • Stonesinger Cowl_black background_v1 has white text on black background, 22-24 point font, sans serif font, no italics, and fully written directions.

The Stonesinger Cowl is available on Payhip and Ravelry.

Note: As of June 2020, Ravelry’s redesign has caused serious accessibility issues, and some users have reported seizures and migraines. Because of this, I am not linking there directly. If you are prone to migraines or seizures, please use Payhip as an alternative. 

If you make a Stonesinger Cowl, please connect with me on Instagram! I love seeing people’s projects. You can find me there as @theknittinglinguist and can see other knitter’s projects using hashtags #StonesingerCowl and #LakeboundKnits

As always, I’d like to extend a huge “thank you” to my test knitters, as I would not be able to publish patterns without the generous gift of their time and feedback. Here are a few project highlights from several who have given me permission to post photos here. You can find more project photos from other testers by looking at the project pages on Ravelry or by searching #StonesingerCowl on Instagram.

Published by lakeboundknits

Designing knitting patterns is a tangible way to express myself. Each pattern is a reflection of part of my soul and contains bits of my joy, sadness, fears, and hopes. My heart belongs on the shores of Lake Superior and most of my pattern designs are inspired by life "Up North."

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