Ice Storm: Kids Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham

Ice Storm: Kids Cowl

October 2012
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in stocking stitch (stockinette)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
192 yards (176 m)
23cm/9" tall x 47cm/18 1/2" around.
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This is one of 3 cowls that uses a bold stitch pattern in 3 beautiful ways.

This version is perfect for kids - they love cowls because they don’t get in the way of outdoor play. It can’t get tangled, lost or dangled in the mud…well, not as easily as a scarf!

Choose a yarn with great stitch definition and in a solid colour. Work slightly looser than ball band tension for a soft fabric.

The group of cowl patterns for men, women & kids are not available separately because you are getting all 3 versions together in the Ice Storm: Cowls ebook for the price of one of my regular cowl patterns - I like my customers to feel they are getting great value. You can also buy the 3 cowls together with the adult mitts pattern in the ebook Ice Storms.

Worked in the round, the pattern information is both charted AND given in written instructions.

This is an easy piece to try working in the round on dpns, two sets of circular needles or magic loop for the first time. For intermediate knitters, the developing stitch pattern will keep you interested.

23cm/9” tall x 47cm/18 1/2” around. Fits age 2 generously, ages 4-12 well.
Tip: my knitting group played with all 3 cowls and we discovered by chance that this version is also perfect proportions for a petite/XS adult, much to the delight of my petite knitting friend who usually finds regular cowls too draughty.


  • MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino 100% wool 125m/137yds per 50g ball. 2 balls Lilac Blossom or colour of your choice. Allow 210m/230yds. MiillaMia’s bright colours are a great choice for a kids cowl.
  • 3.5mm/US 4 circular needles to work in the round EITHER circulars with 100cm/39” cable for magic loop OR 40cm/16” cable to work in the round OR set 5 double pointed needles to work in the round OR two sets circular needles with 60cm/24” cable
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle to weave in ends

Child-friendly yarn alternatives (allow 210m/230yds):
Rooster Baby Rooster 100% Machine Washable Fine Merino, 125m/137yds per 50g ball, 2 balls.
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, 55% merino, 33% microfibre, 12% cashmere, 125m/137yds 50g, 2 balls.

24 sts to 10cm/4” over stocking stitch (stockinette) using 3.5mm/US 4 needles or size required to achieve tension.