Cloudburst Cowl

Designed by Emily Williams.

Originally published in April 2012 as part of Twisted’s Head to Toe Club. Now it can be yours! Buy a hard copy in the shop or from our webstore, or an electronic version via Ravelry.

Cowl, hood, shawl… long or short; up or down; whatever you call it and however you wear it, this multi-purpose garment will keep you cozy and cute. A little bit romantic and a little bit avant-garde, it will fit right in amongst any modern fairy princess’s wardrobe basics. Find an especially lovely, soft yarn you’ve been coveting and knit away with your head in the clouds and your eyes on sunny days ahead.

Yarn: 500-900 yards worsted or aran weight yarn.
• Natural and purple samples shown in five skeins (used 850 yards) and four skeins (used 550 yards), respectively, of Imperial Stock Ranch Anna (70% organic wool, 30% organic cotton; 175yds/4oz), colorways Natural and Sweet Plum.
• Gray sample shown in one skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Luscious Single Silk (50% merino wool, 50% silk; 500yds/8oz), colorway Overcast.
Note that a yarn’s drape can significantly affect yardage used! Both the gray and purple cowls used around 500 yards, but the gray one (merino/silk, very flowing) wrapped three times, while the purple one (wool/cotton, bouncier and firmer) only wrapped twice.
Gauge: 4 sts per inch in stockinette stitch. Gauge is not crucial in this pattern, however it will affect the finished size. Your fabric should be pleasantly loose and drapey, so you will likely want to aim for a looser gauge than suggested for the yarn.
Needles: US #9/5.5mm 32” or longer circular needle (or size you need to get gauge).
Notions: Crochet hook, scrap yarn, tapestry needle, cable needle (optional).
Skill level: Intermediate (skills: cabling, short row shaping, Kitchener Stitch).
Size/Finished measurements: One size fits most & knit to fit. Scarf section apprx 6” wide, hood apprx 15” at widest point. Length is up to you – shown as apprx 32” (purple), 40” (gray), and 48” (natural) along cable edge when laid flat, doubled.
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