Malacatl cowl by Naomi Parkhurst

Malacatl cowl

October 2013
Light Fingering ?
24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette worked in the round
US 3 - 3.25 mm
152 yards (139 m)
14 inches [35.5cm] inside circumference and 3.5 inches [9cm] tall, to fit a 14 inch [35.5cm] neck, or a little smaller.
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Take the flower petals from the Malacatl hat and set them on a straight line; this makes the colorwork pattern for this buttoned neck warmer.
Buttons help the cowl fit snugly, so it is worked in the round and then steeked.


  • Light fingering weight yarn:
    • Color A: 72 yards [66m] of medium shade; I used Jamieson Smith 2 ply jumper weight in Russet (FC38).
    • Color B: 60 yards [55m] of dark shade; I used Jamieson Smith 2 ply jumper weight in Dark Chocolate (143).
    • Color C: 20 yards [18.5m] of light shade; I used handspun yarn, from an oatmeal-colored Shetland fleece. Jamieson Smith 2 ply jumper weight in Beige (202) would be a good substitute.
    • Spinning specifications: unwashed singles: 24 wpi; washed and finished 2-ply yarn: 12 wpi. Grist: 2009 ypp.
  • US size 3 [3.25mm] needles for working in the round.
  • 3 buttons, 0.5 inches [1.2cm] in diameter.
  • Darning needle.


  • You need to know how to make a provisional cast-on, knit colorwork in the round, work an i-cord bind-off around a corner, and make a steek. (I used the steek sandwich as described by Kate Davies; any steek style should work.)
  • Instructions for i-cord buttonholes are included.