Celtic Ward Cowl by Lisa Hannan Fox

Celtic Ward Cowl

January 2024
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 43 rows = 4 inches
in Double knitting with larger needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
380 - 460 yards (347 - 421 m)
22-inch (55.9 cm) or 26.5-inch (67.3 cm) circumference
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About the Pattern

Beautiful Celtic knots surround a circular Celtic knot called a shield knot, traditionally used for protection. Celtic knot designs have long been featured in knitted garments and accessories, and this cowl is perfect for warding off the cold with a Celtic flair!

Double knit in the round from the bottom up, the cowl is fully reversible, featuring opposite color schemes on either side. Use two solid colors for a classic look or a solid paired with a variegated yarn for a more interesting color combination (gradual or subtle color changes work best).

Instructions are included for the double knitting technique. The finished size of the cowl is approximately 7.25 inches (18.4 cm) tall and either 22 inches (55.9 cm) or 26.5 inches (67.3 cm) around. The smaller size is pictured. The circumference of the cowl can also be increased or decreased in approximately 4.25 inch (10.8 cm) increments. The color work design is chart only, not written instructions.

Check out the matching Celtic Ward Scarf!


  • Size 2 US (2.75 mm) circular needles of 24-32 inches (61-81 cm).
  • Size 1 US (2.25 mm) circular needles of 24-32 inches (61-81 cm) (optional for a neater cast on edge).
  • 22-inch (55.9 cm) circumference: Approximately 190 yards (174 m) each of two contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn.
  • 26.5-inch (67.3 cm) circumference: Approximately 230 yards (210 m) each of two contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn.
  • Needle to weave in ends.
  • 6 stitch markers, one in a different color, to mark the chart repeats and end of round.

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