BeesBeesBees Cowl by Nick Davis

BeesBeesBees Cowl

February 2023
DK (11 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
in lightly blocked garter stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
350 - 375 yards (320 - 343 m)
Cowl measures 22"/56cm in circumference, and 7.5"/19cm in height.
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BeeBeesBees is a modular cowl design for handspun yarn!

It’s made of satisfyingly texture-rich hexagon shapes, which are great for showing off the color effects of a quick gradient or self-striping yarn.

The sample is shown in Malabrigo Yarns Nube in colorway Mostaza. This merino wool top was spun and chain-plied to a DK weight with just a little thick-and-thin to it.

If you don’t spin (and aren’t sensitive to mohair), Noro Silk Garden Sock or Lite could be a good substitution for the handspun yarn here. It will at least have a similar color effect.

(I would not recommend a slick superwash wool for this project.)


  • 4 oz Malabrigo Yarn Nube merino top spun into ~350 yards of DK-ish handspun (shown in colorway Mostaza)
  • 1 set of 5 DPNs in US7/4.5mm, or size needed for gauge
  • removable stitch markers, if needed
  • tapestry needle

These samples are both worked in DK handspun yarn. Gauge is 4.5 sts and 8 rows over 1”/2.5cm in lightly blocked garter stitch.