Eirene Cowl by Jessica McDonald

Eirene Cowl

December 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
339 yards (310 m)
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The Eirene cowl offers simple colorwork and texture to keep it enjoyable and fun, but still very relaxing. The Eirene Cowl is knit top-down with increases to give it a snuggly shape and keep your shoulders warm. The coziness of a shawl plus the ease of wearing of a cowl make for a wonderful combination. The pattern is fully charted.

When designing the Eirene Cowl, I wanted to make a pattern that would be perfect practice for a beginning colorwork knitter. The colorwork motifs are simple repeats with breaks in between so that you can rest a bit with some mindless knitting before beginning another section of the colorwork. For a beginner, it offers the perfect pattern to practice your skills before confidently moving on to a colorwork sweater. For an experienced colorwork knitter, the Eirene Cowl is just pure peace and relaxation.

Top circumference: 22.5 inches / 56 cm
Bottom circumference: 33.5 inches / 83.5 cm
Height: 13.25 inches / 33 cm

3 skeins Quince & Co Lark in main color and 1 skein Quince & Co Lark in contrast color.

Or 339 yards / 309 meters main color and
68 yards / 62 meters contrast color worsted weight yarn.

One 32 inch (80 cm) US size 7 (4.5 mm) (or
size needed to obtain gauge), and one 32
inch (80 cm) US size 5 (3.75 mm) (or two
sizes smaller than gauge needle) circular
knitting needles.

One stitch marker and a tapestry needle.

20 stitches and 29 RNDS = 4 inches / 10 cm
in stockinette on US size 7 (4.5 mm) needles.


Knit, purl, work stranded colorwork, knit in the round, increase (m1L), and follow a colorwork chart.