Careen Cowls by Louise Zass-Bangham

Careen Cowls

November 2012
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18.5 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch (stockinette)
US 8 - 5.0 mm
151 - 302 yards (138 - 276 m)
Snug: 21cm/8“ wide x 56cm/22” around. Long: 21cm/8“ wide x 118cm/46” around
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I couldn’t resist adding two sizes of cowl to this little collection in luxurious aran yarn. The snug cowl is a quick gift knit, taking just one skein of beautiful yarn.

The cowls are buttoned up to close, so you can leave the snug size slightly opened for autumn wear. The long cowl can be twisted up double, for extra warmth.

The snug cowl has a pretty Art Deco motif running into the buttoned borders. The long cowl additionally has a larger motif centred so that it can be shown off when the cowl is worn singly or doubled.

These are easy projects, suitable for a novice. The motifs will hold an intermediate knitter’s interest - no endless miles of repetitive knitting, but still quick.

The pattern includes charts AND written instructions.

Snug cowl 21cm/8“ wide x 56cm/22” around when buttoned (58cm/23” flat). Shown in shade Moss.
Long cowl 21cm/8“ wide x 118cm/46” around when buttoned (120cm/47” flat). Central motif shown in shade Water.
In the pattern, where numbers are given for each size, the smallest size is given first with the other sizes in brackets afterwards. Where only one number is given it applies to all sizes.


  • Fyberspates Aran Scrumptious 45% silk 55% merino, 165m/180yds per 100g skein, 1 (2) skeins.
  • 5mm/US 8 needles
  • stitch markers (optional)
  • tapestry needle to weave in ends
  • 6 buttons approx 14mm/5/8” diameter
  • sewing needle & thread/yarn plies to attach buttons

18.5 sts & 24rows to 10cm/4” square over stocking stitch with 5mm/US 8 needles or size required to achieve tension.

Note: you can make the snug cowl, womens mitts & matching headband from two skeins of yarn. See Careen ebook for the whole collection.

Thank you to Denise, Mel, Margaret, Lesley & Serena.

Photography at Chiswick Park, in 2-Way Mirror Labyrinth by Jeppe Hein.