City Cowl by Robin Allen

City Cowl

April 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stitch Pattern, lightly steam blocked.
US 5 - 3.75 mm
220 yards (201 m)
One: 8" (20.5 cm) high x 18" (45.5 cm) circumference
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Soft and warm, this close-fitting cowl uses an easy stitch pattern to create an interesting textured rib. A rectangle is knit flat, then the edges are sewn off-center to create a cowl with a fold-over half collar that can be worn many ways—in the city and the suburbs.


  • No shaping
  • Knit flat, then seamed
  • Gauge not critical
  • Quick knit

Skills: Knitting, purling, seaming, researching techniques you’re unfamiliar with.

Finished Measurements: 8” (20.5 cm) high x 18” (45.5 cm) circumference.

Yarn: Knit Picks Andean Treasure (100% Baby Alpaca 110 yds/50 gm balls): Embers Heather 23486, 2 balls.

Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) straight or short circular needles, or size to obtain gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle, 2 split ring or other removable stitch markers.

Gauge: 26 sts and 28 rows = 4” (10 cm) in ribbing pattern, lightly steam blocked.