Ice Storm: Snug Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham

Ice Storm: Snug Cowl

October 2012
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch (stockinette)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
229 yards (209 m)
23cm/9" tall x 55cm/22" around. Height can be increased if wished.
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You can also find this pattern in my new ebook Sun & Ice, which brings together 12 little accessories patterns for adults, kids and home.

This is one of 3 cowls that show-off a graphic stitch pattern in 3 beautiful ways. This version is a quick knit for both men and women - a true unisex design. It’s a stylish gift or a wardrobe staple to keep.

With it’s broad appeal, it’s a great go-to pattern when you can’t think what to make for someone. There’s no problem with it not fitting - unlike with mitts or a hat. There’s not the knitting investment of time and money involved in a scarf which the recipient might not love. So, make them this, in their favourite colour or a classic neutral.

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 cowls together with the matching mitts in the ebook Ice Storms.

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

This is the easiest piece to try working in the round for the first time on circular needles - it fits neatly onto 60cm circulars and is a comfortable size to work. For intermediate knitters, the developing stitch pattern will keep you interested.

23cm/9” tall x 55cm/22” around. Height can be increased if wished.


  • MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino 100% wool 125m/137yds per 50g ball. 2 balls Forget-me-not or colour of your choice. Storm grey would make a great alternative for a mens cowl. Plum is versatile coloured neutral to choose for a girlfriend or teenager. Allow extra yarn if you wish to increase height of cowl.
  • 3.5mm/US 4 circular needles with 60cm/24” cable OR set 5 double-pointed needles
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle to weave in ends

Suggested yarn alternatives:
* Rooster Almerino Baby 50% Baby Alpaca, 50% Merino Wool 125m/137yds per 50g ball, 2 balls.

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