Tofino Cowl by Katherine Leek
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Tofino Cowl

November 2012
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
8 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 17 - 12.75 mm
75 yards (69 m)
One size fits most.
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This pattern was originally published as part of Twisted’s 2012 Hot Holiday Knits!

Tofino is a sleepy little town in British Columbia, on a western peninsula of Vancouver Island. Some people love to vacation there in the summer to soak up the sun. But other, more adventurous souls, go there in the winter to watch the storms that rage across the Pacific.

The sweeping extended cables in this cowl are reminiscent of giant, wind-driven waves. Worked in super bulky yarn, it’s such a quick knit that you’re sure to get it done before the storm hits. And it’s the perfect cozy accessory to keep you warm in spite of the weather.

Yarn - 75 yards super bulky-weight yarn. Sample shown in Malabrigo Rasta (100% merino wool; 90 yards/150 gram skein), colorway Soriano 867.
Gauge - 8 sts = 4” in stockinette stitch. Measured after blocking. However, gauge is not super critical for this pattern.
Needles - US #17/12.0mm 24” circular needle or size to get gauge.
Notions – One marker, cable needle, tapestry needle.
Skill level - Advanced beginner (knitting in the round, cables).
Size/Finished measurements - One size fits most. Approximately 22” circumference, 9” tall. Measured after blocking.


  • I was able to knit this on a 32” circular needle (that’s what I had) but a 24” would be ideal.
  • Gauge is not super important for this pattern, so if you have a #15 or a #19 and don’t want to buy another needle, that’s a-okay.
  • I did not actually use a cable needle -- I was able to just slip the stitches onto my right pinky finger instead of a cable needle, and then I put them back onto my left needle to knit them. The stitches are huge so this worked well for me!
  • The additional wraps will naturally tighten down around the cable of the needle. Then when they hit the needle join, you have to wiggle them quite a bit to get them back up onto the fatter needle. A needle with a fatter cable will minimize this, but just know it’s part of the deal with this pattern. Admittedly, it’s kinda annoying, but you don’t have to do it that many times, and it’s still a super quick knit!
  • Once I had the pattern finalized, this only took about an hour to actually knit up.