Kanagawa Cowl

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Kanagawa Cowl Pattern


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Knitting: Kanagawa Cowl
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details









Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, slipped stitch

Pattern Description:

This cowl is inspired by the Great Wave off Kanagawa woodblock print by Hokusai. It begins as a scarf (using a crochet cast-on), and is worked flat with a slipped stitch edge. Once the proper circumference is reached, it is attached on one side as you knit.
The reversible wavy texture is seen when the upper corner is folded down. While a cable needle is used, it is for picking up stitches, not for cables. Inspiration also came from Lynne Barr's Reversible Knitting book.


18-20 sts/ 24 rows = 4 in./ 10 cm in stockinette

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size fits all


  • 3 skeins Noro Silk Garden (45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool, 110 yds /101 m per 50 gm skein; colorway 282 shown)
  • OR 3 skeins Knit Picks Chroma Worsted (70% Wool, 30% Nylon , 198 yds per 100 gm skein; colorway Lollipop shown)

You Will Also Need:

  • US 8 (5.0mm) needles, US H (5.0mm) crochet hook, cable needle

About Designer

About Designer

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Karin teaches knitting at Anacapa Fine Yarns in Ventura, CA, and is a homeschool mom. She began her knitting journey 11 years ago in an insane attempt to knit socks (9 pairs - 1st projects ever) for the whole family in 3 months. Her natural ability to teach, combined with her nerdy love of Math humor, & Science, and her love of fine details inspire her to explore unusual knitting constructions. ...

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