Flying V's Cowl by Lee Meredith

Flying V's Cowl

November 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
160 - 240 yards (146 - 219 m)
small, medium, large
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This cowl is part of a pattern set - for fingerless mitts, mittens, legwarmers, and a cowl - all in your choices of chevron block stranded colorwork patterns!

The PDF includes 16 different chevron colorwork chart options to choose from, ranging from using 2 colors to 5 colors.

You’ll never need to work with more than two yarns at a time, but some prior stranded colorwork experience is recommended, as it can be a bit tricky working the stranded colors with the chevron pattern at the same time. But the results are well worth the effort!

Cowl circumferences for small {medium, large} sizes: 19 {24, 29} inches / 49 {61, 73} cm, to fit anyone in different styles.

Small is somewhat fitted to the neck (though not snuggly fit), medium is a loose fit around the neck, and large is a more floppy longer look. The samples are medium (white) and large (green).

You need
yardages given for small {medium, large} sizes (see sizing section for details)

For cowl:

  • 160 {200, 240} yards / 145 {180, 220} meters total worsted weight yarn, in as many colors as you want to use
  • Size US 8 needles (or size to get gauge), in a 16” long circular to knit in the round
  • 1 stitch marker

Yardage notes: You won’t need as much if you’re working one of the color patterns which only requires stranded knitting for half the rows. You’ll need more yardage if you’re adding extra length.

- For legwarmers or cowl (worsted weight): 4.5 stitches per inch / 3.25 stitches per 2 cm in stockinette stitch.

The samples:

  • Quince & Co. Lark worsted weight in Egret, Honey, Gingerbread, and Cypress; size medium cowl
  • Knit Picks Swish worsted weight in Lemongrass and Knit Picks Chroma worsted weight in Guppy; size large cowl

Yarn note: A soft yarn (like the merino used in the green cowl) will make for a floppier fabric, so in a yarn like this, a large size cowl will want to flop/slouch down and legwarmers will want to slouch. If you want a piece (particularly legwarmers/cowl) which will be more stable and tend to stay up more, choose a more sturdy yarn type, not something super soft and floppy.


Circumferences in small {medium, large} (approximate - sizes may vary based on how tightly strands are carried along the back; fit may vary depending on yarn type, etc)
- Cowl: 19 {24, 29} inches / 49 {61, 73} cm, to fit anyone in different styles (see below)

Heights in small {medium, large}
(Heights are easily adjustable by knitting more or less for your ideal height; these are the approximate heights as the patterns are written.)
- Cowl: 7.5 inches / 19 cm

Because of the nature of the stranded colorwork, the fabric in these items doesn’t have much stretch, so you may prefer to make a size you think might be a bit too big rather than one you think might be too small, for a looser fit.

The sizes in the cowl differ by changing the number of chevron blocks, all with the same stitch count.