The Epaulet Cowl by Betsy Farquhar

The Epaulet Cowl

July 2010
16 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in knit 2, purl 2 Rib
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
270 - 300 yards (247 - 274 m)
one size fits most
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An easy-to-knit accessory that adds a little order and authority to any outfit. It may even make your heart a little less lonely!

Ribbing adds texture, shape, and stand-at-attention structure. Knit it in festive brights, or somber neutrals. for girls AND boys!

You will begin the cowl flat, and join to create a side vent. Military style detailing is knit separately and added during finishing: The black panel is knit separately and then attached, and each “epaulet” is created by layering two pieces of knitting.

Blue: 2 balls of KnitPicks Swish DK in Whirlpool (you will need about 200 yards)

Less than one ball of the following:
Black: KnitPicks Palette in Black (you will need about 70 yards)
Orange: Alchemy Juniper in Kai’s Goldfish (you will need about 50 yards)
Green: Alchemy Juniper in Sour Grass (you will need about 50 yards)

Buttons: Six 19mm brass buttons. I used “la petite size 900”
Regular sewing thread to attach buttons

One 16” size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle
One pair size 1 (2.5mm) straight needles
Stitch marker (1)
Needle to weave in ends.
Straight pins (optional) to help with assembly
Regular sewing needle to attach buttons.

Gauge: 16 st and 31 rows = 4 inches in ribbed pattern (stretched firmly) using size 5 needle and Swish DK.
28 sts and 40 rows = 4 inches in stockinette using KnitPicks Palette or Alchemy Juniper and size 1 needles.

Finished Measurements: 7.5 inches tall by about 10.25 inches wide.