Circadian Cowl by Erica Heusser

Circadian Cowl

October 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 10 rows = 1 inch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
900 yards (823 m)
One size, but easily modified
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This versatile cowl begins with a provisional cast-on, is then knit in the round (forming a tube), and then the ends are grafted together to form a continuous loop. It can be worn as a single loop around your neck, or can be doubled for a cozier fit.

This pattern is recommended for intermediate-level knitters who have experience stranding and working from charts. The sample pictured above was created using Tosh Merino Light (Antique Lace) and Tosh Twist Light (Coal Seam).

Skills required to complete this project:

  • Provisional cast-on
  • Knitting in the round
  • Stranding
  • Grafting/Kitchener stitch


  • Approximately 550 yards of main color (light) in fingering/sock weight
  • Approximately 350 yards of contrast color (dark) in fingering/sock weight
  • One 16” circular needle, US size 2.5
  • Additional circular needle, US size 2.5, 16” or longer, for grafting
  • Waste yarn for provisional cast-on, crochet hook optional
  • Darning needle for grafting and weaving ends in
  • 2 removable stitch markers

Gauge: 8 stitches and 10 rows = 1 inch. Gauge is not critical, but will affect the size of the finished item.

Finished measurements: Approximately 6.5” wide, 58” in circumference.