De Morgan Cowl by Anna Pack

De Morgan Cowl

October 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
24.5 stitches and 27.5 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
273 yards (250 m)
One size
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Featuring stranded colourwork knitted in the round, with a picot edging, this cowl is inspired by the Persianware ceramics of William De Morgan in Birmingham Museum which are characterised by the use of turquoise and blue. The design incorporates one of his most popular flower motifs.

Originally designed for the Yarningham 2018 brochure, the pattern is now available as a download. The cowl may be worked as a DK-weight version (in cobalt/turquoise) using WYS Wensleydale Gems, which is reminiscent of the colours of typical De Morgan Persianware, or as an aran-weight version using Rowan Kid Classic (the cream/turquoise version shown).


DK version: West Yorkshire Spinners Fleece Gems, 100% Wensleydale (225m/246yd per 100g skein):
1 skein Turquoise (A)
1 skein Cobalt (B)

Aran version: Rowan Kid Classic, 70% wool, 22% mohair, 8% polyamide (140m/153yd per 50g ball):
1 ball 888 Pumice (A)
1 ball 871 Canard (B)
Depending on gauge, a second ball of A and/or B may be required.

Yarn substitution:
Allow the following approximate quantities of a DK or sport weight yarn:
A – 120m/130yd
B – 130m/145yd
Allow the following approximate quantities of an aran weight yarn:
A – 150m/165yd
B – 160m/175yd
Quantities may vary depending upon gauge and type of yarn used.

Needles and Notions

DK(Aran) version: 3.75mm/US 5 (4.5mm/US 7) circular needle, 40cm/16in length (or size required to obtain gauge).
Circular needle, 40cm/16in length, one size smaller than gauge needle.
5 stitch markers, tapestry needle for finishing, stainless steel pins for blocking.


DK(Aran) version: 24.5(22.5) sts and 27.5(26) rnds to 10cm/4in, after wet blocking, across all stranded colourwork charts. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Measurements and Sizing: DK(Aran) version

Circumference 61cm/24.5in (66.5cm/26.5in)
Height 25cm/10in (26.5cm/10.5in)