Beekeeper Cowl by Raven Knits Design

Beekeeper Cowl

by Raven Knits Design
October 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in slipped stitch motif
US 6 - 4.0 mm
176 - 440 yards (161 - 402 m)
close tube (23"), short cowl (worn loose, 35"), infinity scarf (worn loose or doubled, 59")
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He lives in an oak-wood and has a great wooden house; and as a man he keeps cattle and horses… … He does not eat them; neither does he hunt or eat wild animals. He keeps hives and hives of great fierce bees, and lives most on cream and honey..

-- J.R.R. Tolkien, from The Hobbit, describing Beorn

The Beekeeper Cowl is a companion piece to the Beekeeper Mittens, Hat, and Boot Cuffs. It is worked in the round, using a dense slipped stitch pattern that mimics the shape of honey combs. The compressed nature of the slipped stitch pattern creates a thick, warm fabric, perfect for muffling up in cold weather.


  • @176 yards (close tube), 264 yards (short cowl), or 440 yards (infinity scarf) of light worsted/heavy dk weight yarn
  • 4mm (US 6) circular needles long enough for your cast on (or magic loop for smaller sizes) or size needed for gauge
  • stitch marker for start of round (optional)

Estimated finished size:

8” tall by 23 (35, 59)“ in circumference
(size may be adjusted slightly during blocking for either a wider/shorter cowl or a more narrow/taller cowl)

A Note on Gauge:
The row gauge for this pattern is considerably greater than the stitch gauge; this is because the completed stitch motif has a very compressed row gauge as the slipped stitches are gathered together. Therefore, include only completed motifs when measuring your row gauge.