helix cowl

colorwork cowl

This cowl offers serious drama with a simple construction. Just cast on and work the Helix colorwork pattern in the round, bind off, and sew the ends together. Since it’s worked as a tube, there is no wrong side! Use high-contrast sock yarn colors for an eye-catching look or try wooly neutrals for a more natural feel.  



About 26" (66 cm) in circumference after sewing ends together and about 8.5" (21.5 cm) deep.


Fingering weight yarn (#1 Super Fine) in 2 colors:
325 yd (298 m) Main Color
255 yd (233 m) Contrast Color.
Shown here: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock (90% merino wool, 10% nylon; 400 yd [366 m]/120 g): MC Quill, 1 skein; CC Lichen, 1 skein.


Size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm): 16" (40 cm) circular needle.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


Stitch markers (m); tapestry needle.


30 sts and 29 rnds = 4" (10 cm) in Helix Chart stitch pattern.


Cowl is worked as a tube side-to-side. After completing the knitted tube, all stitches are bound off and the ends sewn together.


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