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The Haven Cowl

It's Friday and today is the last new design I'll be sharing for a while. Mostly because I've exhausted my earlier in the year explosion of creativity and because I've got a number of secret projects on the go which will be revealed as the rest of the year goes on. Today's pattern is a free one and it's a cowl that can be knitted either single or double. The pattern is right here in the blog post or your can pop over to my Ravelry Store for a free pdf, link below.

Crackington Haven is a rocky beach in North Cornwall that used to be the regular primary school trip for me, usually in the autumn or winter when it was cold, damp and raining but it was always just a bit magical. This cowl is inspired by waves and by the texture of the smooth sand to the lines of rock spearing out toward the sea. It can be made as a single or double cowl knitted in the round in an Aran weight yarn.


Knitted in the round on circular needles. Using knit and purl stitches together with knitting together, passing slipped stitches over and knitting in the front and back of a stitch creates the wave.

Yarn and Notions:

I used James C Brett Aztec Aran in Shades AL6 and AL5, each ball is 190m / 208 yards. I used two balls of each colour for the single cowl and two balls of yarn A, one of Yarn B for the double cowl.

Single Cowl - Yarn A (light) 110 m / 120 yards; Yarn B (dark) 80 m / 87 yards

Double Cowl - Yarn A (light) 220 m / 240 yards; Yarn B (dark) 160 m / 175 yards

Needles: 5mm (size 8) circular, 80cm / 32 inches for long cowl, 40cm / 16 inches for single cowl

Stitch marker for beginning of row

Tapestry or darning needle


18 sts and 24 rows over 10cm / 4 inch square in garter stitch


For the double cowl – 24cm / 9.5 inches wide by 120cm / 48 inches round

For a single cowl – 24cm / 9.5 inches wide by 61cm / 24 inches round


A – colour A, the light yarn

B – colour B, the dark yarn

k – knit

k2tog – knit two stitches together

kfb – knit front and back of the same stitch

p – purl

psso – pass slipped stitch over

RS – right side

sl – slip stitch knit wise

st(s) – stitch (es)

WS – wrong side

*____* - repeat instruction between as detailed


Single Cowl - Cast on 121 sts in A,

Double Cowl – Cast on 242 sts in A

Join in the round, making sure it’s not twisted and knitting in the round:

Set up row - k

Continuing in A

Row 1: p

Row 2: k

Row 3: p

Row 4: k

Row 5: p

Change to B

Row 6: *k2tog, k2, kfb next 2, k3, sl1, k1, psso* repeat to end

Row 7: k

Row 8: repeat row 6

Row 9: k

Row 10: repeat row 6

Row 11: k

Change to A

Row 12: repeat row 6

Repeat a total of five full repeats then do rows 1 to 5, cast off knit wise and weave in ends


I am happy for this pattern to be used for personal use only, please do not share or sell on the pattern. I am happy for limited numbers of the finished scarves/cowls to be sold but please credit this original pattern.

I’d love to see what colourways you choose so please share either on Ravelry or social media.

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Thank you!

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