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Hidden Leaves Cowl

from Carla Pera Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Hidden Leaves Cowl
Hidden Leaves Cowl
Hidden Leaves Cowl
Hidden Leaves Cowl
Hidden Leaves Cowl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Decreases: k2tog, ssk
  • I-Cord bind off
  • Increases: yo
  • Knitting in the round
  • Provisional cast-on over spare circular needle or waste yarn

Pattern Description:

I wanted to design a cozy cowl that was attractive on both sides and had a bit of shaping for a better fit at the neckline. This lovely reversible stitch pattern features hidden leaves that make a secret promise of spring to the winter-weary wearer. You can wear it with either side facing out, depending on your mood.

The cowl is knit in the round and begins with a provisional cast-on. The simple lacy pattern uses a logical progression that is easy to understand and creates gently rippling edges. The shaping is achieved by changing the needle size twice. Both edges feature an I-cord bind-off for a clean finish.

This pattern includes charts, written instructions, and links to references for all techniques, including the Provisional cast-on and the I-Cord Bind-off. This pattern has been tech edited and test knit. It also includes yarn management tips for working with a single ply yarn, such as Diadem.


18 sts & 23 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in pattern stitch, blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Height: 10 inches/25 cm
  • Lower edge circumference: 37.5 inches/95 cm
  • Upper edge circumference: 26 inches/66 cm


  • 325 yd/297 m of fingering/4 ply sock yarn
  • 16-inch/40 cm circular needle in sizes 5, 7 & 9 (3.75, 4.5 & 5.5 mm)

You Will Also Need:

  • Spare circular needle cable or waste yarn
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker

Suggested yarn:

325 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Diadem



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My mom taught me how to knit, sew and crochet when I was a girl. It's all part of who I am. I like to design things that are elegantly simple, not too difficult, but also might teach you something ...

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