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Iris Hat and Cowl

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Iris Hat and Cowl
Iris Hat and Cowl
Iris Hat and Cowl
Iris Hat and Cowl
Iris Hat and Cowl
Iris Hat and Cowl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • slipping stitches

Pattern Description:

The Iris Hat and Cowl are worked bottom-up in the round in Worsted-weight yarn. Both start with a garter stitch trim and continue in a slip-stitch pattern. The hat ends in a slight slouch above the head. The cowl can be worked in five different circumferences, depending on whether you prefer to wrap it around your neck once or twice and how snug you want it to fit.

The hat and cowl were knit with a hand-dyed Merino wool yarn. The fantastic color play makes the resulting set not only cuddly, but also truly unique, as no skein looks exactly like the other. A one-colored yarn, however, would also work nicely
with the stitch pattern. Recommended are all cuddle-yarns (soft sheep wool like Merino or Bluefaced Leicester, Cashmere, ) with good stitch definition (so nothing fuzzy).

The shown samples are the Iris hat for a 20 (50 cm) head circumference and the Iris cowl with a 21.5 (55 cm) circumference. This combination may be finished using only 2 skeins of Rios by Malabrigo Yarn and does not take too long to knit, which makes the Iris Set an easy-to-make gift idea, or if knit separately, either hat or cowl would be a unique last-minute gift.

The pattern is available in English and German. Both versions are included in the zip.-file as pdfs.


21 sts and 30 rows = 4 (10 cm) in diagonal slipped stitch

20 sts and 29 rows = 4 (10 cm) in stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Hat: to fit actual head circumference of 18 (20, 22, 24) [45, 50, 56, 61 cm]; finished circumference 16 (18, 20, 22) [41, 46, 51, 56 cm]
  • Cowl: finished circumference 21.5 (27.75, 33.75, 43, 49) [55, 70, 86, 109, 125 cm]; finished height 14.25 [36 cm]


  • US size 6 (4mm) circular needles, 24 - 47(60 - 120 cm) long depending on hat/cowl size (or size needed to obtain gauge)
  • 1 stitch marker
  • tapestry needle
  • For Hat: 120 (150, 190, 227) yards [110, 137, 174, 208 m] of Worsted (#4 medium) weight yarn
  • For Cowl: 190 (242, 296, 376, 430) yards [174, 221, 270, 344, 393 m] of Worsted (#4 medium) weight yarn

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Rios by Malabrigo Yarn [100% Merino, 3.53 oz (100 g) / 210 yards (192 m)]


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When I was a kid, my grandma taught me how to crochet flowers; I fondly remember the evenings we spent crocheting side by side. Soon, I set out to knit a sweater, only to find that—at the time—I ...

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