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I am a self taught designer with many (many!) years of knitting and crocheting experience. Extremely keen to promote the beautiful island where I am lucky enough to reside and absolutely LOVE all ...

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Brading Cowl

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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit, Purl, Yarn Over, Knit 2 Together, Pass Slipped Stitch Over.

Pattern Description:

The Brading Cowl was inspired by the Roman Villa that has been excavated at Brading on the Isle of Wight. Its circles are suggestive of Roman amphitheatres and of the concentric ridges found on many of their pieces of pottery. The small star like squares around the top denote the tiny mosaics with which they covered their beautifully decorated floors and walls and the structured ribbing around the neck was inspired by the overlapping chest plates that the gladiators wore as a part of their armour.

The Brading Cowl is knitted on straight needles, turning after every row and is gently shaped by increasing the needle sizes rather than the stitches. It is bound off with an integrated picot edging. The two short edges are then sewn together to form the piece into a circle.

Ideal for those knitters who do not like working on circular or double pointed needles.

Using two different weight yarns accentuates the soft ridging and gives a cosy but light feel to the Cowl, making it lovely to wear.


Gauge over a 4-inch square of stocking stitch in DK yarn: 20 sts and 28 rows. (Although not essential for this garment.)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Diameter of Upper neckline approx 58 cms (22 inches) and widens out to approx diameter of 96 cms (38 inches) over shoulders. The depth is approx 19 cms (7.5 inches) including the picot edging.


  • 100g skein /262yds of DK/Light Worsted Yarn in main colour (Approx 200yds used)
  • 25g skein/100yds skein of 3 ply yarn in contrast colour (Remnants could easily be used)
  • 1 pair each of straight needles in the following sizes: 4.00mm (UK 8/US 6), 5.00 mm (UK 6/US 8), 6.00 mm (UK 4/US 10).

You Will Also Need:

  • Wool/Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends.

Suggested yarn:

362 yards of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

James C Brett Marble DK + Ice Yarns Premium Angora


Marble Shade MT9 + Angora in White