Daunt by Kino Knits


September 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
400 - 1500 yards (366 - 1372 m)
Variable: Depends on chosen yardage
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Whether you fell victim to that gorgeous set of mini-skeins or are wondering what to do with your leftovers, the Daunt cowl solves your problem and helps you not just use up, but showcase those bits and bobs. It’s also perfect for Advent sets!

With detailed directions on how to wind your yarn so that you can cruise through the project, Daunt is perfect for mindless or travel knitting! Clear tutorial videos walk you through key techniques for this cowl: the crochet provisional cast-on and tying a magic knot. Finishing is a breeze with only two ends to weave in.


  • 3.5-mm (US size 4) needles for knitting in the round (small circumference) or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Waste yarn for provisional cast-on
  • Crochet hook (if using crochet provisional cast-on)
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

Sample shown used:

  • 100g KnitPicks Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dye (357 yds/326 m in Blackbird) and
  • 120g Canon Hand Dyes Charles Sock (474 yds/433 m in 24 Nancy Drew mini-skeins)

A Note on Yarn Choice
The sample used 24 miniskeins of equal yardage, totaling 120g, plus 100g of a neutral MC, all in fingering weight. This yielded a cowl of 830 yds/760 m yarn; 72”/183 cm in circumference; and 5½”/14 cm wide. However, you can let your imagination run wild and create a cowl of any number of colors, weight, or yardage.

This cowl is highly adaptable, in that you can use any number of miniskeins or leftover bits of yarn, and they do not have to be of equal yardage. You can even choose to use only two colors and divvy up one of them into several mini-skeins.

You can also knit the cowl in any weight yarn, though that would require modifying your needle size; the goal is to get a drapey fabric that is still tight enough so your magic knots won’t show through.

Blocked Gauge
28 stitches and 37 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette in the round

Adventurous beginner. Skills include provisional cast on, knitting in the round, simple increases and decreases, and grafting.

Video tutorials for techniques used in this pattern can be found at the following links:

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