Leafy Wreath Cowl

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Leafy Wreath Cowl Pattern


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Knitting: Leafy Wreath Cowl
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Girls, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • increase
  • decrease
  • basic cables
  • provisional cast-on
  • Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off

Pattern Description:

This is a lightweight cowl that will slip easily under a coat or that can be worn indoors as an alternative to a scarf. It was inspired by autumn branches of leaves woven into a wreath, but works equally well for all seasons. The cowl uses a provisional cast-on and is constructed from the center out. It has dense cabled fabric for warmth around the neck and alternating cabled leaves and lace leaves for a softer edge.

The pattern includes both written instructions and charted instructions. It also contains information about how to easily modify it for smaller /larger amounts of yarn, other sizes and different yarn weights. The combination of basic elements from several techniques makes this pattern well suited for an advanced beginner who wants to practice some new skills.

The cowl can be made out of less than 200 meters/ 220 yards of fingering weight yarn. It is well suited for leftover half-skeins or if you want to get both a cowl and a pair of fingerless mittens out of that 'one special skein'.

There are plenty of good online sources for the techniques that a beginner might be unfamiliar with.

For provisional cast-on with crochet hook, check out Lucy Neatby's video:

For Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off, check out either the article on Knitty:
or Cat Bordhi's video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBhe-JYmgI


Sample was knit tightly in non-stretchy yarn with 36 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in Wreath Cable Pattern and used less than 180 yards. Altering gauge impacts the required yardage.


  • Needles US 4/3.5 mm or to get the drape you like. The cowl is knit in the round, using any of your favorite methods; one or two 16"/40 cm circulars, DPNs or magic loop.

You Will Also Need:

  • Darning needle, 1 beginning of round stitch marker, smooth scrap yarn for provisional cast on. Optional: cable needle, crochet hook for provisional cast on and (7) more stitch markers. Scale for weighing yarn.

Suggested yarn:

230 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Old Maiden Aunt merino/Silk 4ply



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I did my very first knitting related designing as a 4 year old - when I very 'helpfully' added drop-stitch patterns to my mother's knitting. My mother instinctively realized the potential consequences of this newfound skill and made sure I got my own yarn and needles to play with. From there, it took me a few decades to actually write up a pattern properly, but now they are slowly making their ...

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