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I've crocheted just about my whole life. I taught myself to knit in the early 2000s and haven't slowed down since. I've also gone through counted cross-stitch and needlepoint periods.

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Barbed Wire Cowl

from LaurieBea Knitting
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Barbed Wire Cowl
Barbed Wire Cowl Size Large
Barbed Wire Cowl Size Small
Barbed Wire Cowl Barbed Wire Motif

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round

Pattern Description:

Barbed wire? Around your neck? Seriously? If it's this lovely cowl, you can. Scrunch the small version up near your neck, or wrap the longer version multiple times for extra warmth. This cowl is knit in the round. It features a travelling stitch motif on a purled background.

The Barbed Wire Motif is both charted and written.

Yarn requirements: DK weight merino or merino blend
140 - 175 yards (130 - 160 m) for size Small
275 - 375 yards (250 - 345 m) for size Large


23 stitches and 30 rounds/4" (10 cm) in Barbed Wire pattern

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Small: 24" (61 cm) circumference and 5.75" (14.6 cm) wide
  • Large: 48" (122 cm) circumference and 5.75" (14.6 cm) wide


  • US 5 (3.75mm) circular needle at least 16" long
  • cable needle (optional)
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch marker
  • blocking supplies (optional)

Suggested yarn:

375 yards of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Dye2Spin 100% Merino DK


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