Trust Me with a Twist by Louise Zass-Bangham

Trust Me with a Twist

September 2012
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
219 - 604 yards (200 - 552 m)
Standard size 20cm/8" high x 121cm/47 1/2" around. Instructions for making custom fit.
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This cowl is made all in one piece but worked back-and-forth in rows. There’s no sewing or grafting. It even includes the mobius twist so that it sits nicely. Wondering how? Trust me.

You can make the cowl in any gauge - it’s a fabulous stash buster. Make it as stripy as you like, using up odds and ends or special mini-skeins. A yarn with long colour changes will make the stripes for you - ideal for faster gift knits. A worksheet makes designing your own straightforward.

AND there are worksheets to work this as a regular pattern with all the yarn quantities, gauge and stripe details to make the styles pictured at left (my photographs):

  • Water Cowl in blues - light, fluid Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply, 2 skeins
  • Fire Cowl in rust & neutrals - cosy worsted Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino, 3 skeins

Play around with how you wear it - show off the zig zag or arrange it in symmetrical stripes, choose just the right side or mix the wrong-side stripes. Twist it double and play with it some more.

This is an interesting knit for an intermediate knitter. Once you’ve got it going, it’s easy to work. Looking for less of a challenge? Try the simpler Trust Me, which has the option to omit the provisional cast on.

Standard: 20cm/8” wide x 121cm/47 1/2” around. Instructions for making custom sizes.

Instructions are given to make the cowl in any gauge you like, working in garter stitch (knit every row). You will need to know your intended gauge.


  • set circular needles with 150cm/60” cable in size required for your chosen yarn/gauge.
  • stitch markers
  • two safety pins approx 3cm/1” long are useful
  • tapestry needle to weave in ends
  • materials for your preferred method of provisional cast on e.g. crochet hook and waste yarn in the same gauge as your working yarn.
  • spare circular needle in same or slightly smaller size than main needles with min 40cm/16” long cable
  • chosen yarn - see above for the two designed cowls. Guidance given on approximate m/yds for standard size in a range of weights. A worksheet takes you through calculating yarn quantities accurately; for this you will need to weigh a swatch

This pattern is also available in an ebook along with the pattern for snug Trust Me