First Colorwork Cowl by Jared Flood

First Colorwork Cowl

May 2021
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in colorwork (exact row gauge is not critical)
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
253 yards (231 m)
25" (63.5 cm) top circumference; 32" (81.5 cm) bottom circumference; 9½” (24 cm) length
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Add colorwork to your knitter’s bag of tricks with this friendly, introductory pattern. The First Colorwork Cowl’s motifs incorporate easy combinations of both one-color and simple two-color stranded rounds. Colors alternate frequently, meaning catching floats is not necessary! A digital companion pattern provides written instructions alongside 4- and 5-color variations. Worked in worsted-weight yarn, this pattern makes for great colorwork practice and swift gift knitting.

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This pattern is part of our BT by Brooklyn Tweed pattern line; a collection of skill-accessible knitting patterns written in a concise, visually appealing way. Each pattern offers a beginner-friendly entry point into the larger world of Brooklyn Tweed yarns and patterns. Projects you make from BT by Brooklyn Tweed will be straightforward to knit and fun to wear!


  • The First Colorwork Cowl is worked in the round from top down. Increase rounds worked over the length of the cowl result in a gently flared shape that sits comfortably on the shoulders when worn.

Finished Dimensions

  • 25” (63.5 cm) top circumference; 32” (81.5 cm) bottom circumference; 9½” (24 cm) length


Brooklyn Tweed Shelter — 100% American Targhee-Columbia Wool (140 yards/128 meters per 50g skein)

  • 2 skeins of Color 1 (C1); 1 skein of Color 2 (C2); 1 skein of Color 3 (C3)
  • Note: The 4-color and 5-color versions may be worked with 1 skein of each color; when swatching, swap C3 and MC for the 4-color version and swap C4 and MC for the 5-color version.
  • 3-color version photographed in colors Old World (C1), Hayloft (C2), & Fossil (C3)
  • 4-color version photographed in colors Yellowstone (C1), Hayloft (C2), Bale (C3), & Fossil (C4)
  • 5-color version photographed in colors Plume (C1), Flannel (C2), Embers (C3), Bale (C4), & Snowbound (C5)

Potential yarn substitutes include Tones and Imbue Worsted. Note that put-ups (yardage per skein) may be different for alternate yarn lines, so check your total yardage for your chosen variation.

  • Tones sample photographed in colors Zest Overtone (C1), Granita Overtone (C2), Baseline Undertone (C3) & Persimmon Overtone (C4)
  • Imbue Worsted sample photographed in colors Terrarium (C1), Warbler (C2), La Bien Aimée Imbue Hegelia (C3), & La Bien Aimée Imbue Lichen (C4)


  • Approximately 160 yards/147 meters of Color 1 (Dark), 34 yards/31 meters of Color 2 (Medium) and 59 yards/54 meters of Color 3 (Light)


  • 20 stitches per 4”/10 cm; 6 rounds per inch in colorwork (exact row gauge is not critical)
  • 5 stitches per inch in colorwork pattern


One 24”/60 cm circular needle

  • Suggested size: US 8 (5 mm)

One smaller 16”/40 cm circular needle

  • 2-3 sizes smaller than main needle for working ribbing
  • Suggested size: US 5 (3.75 mm)

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

Colorwork 101
Video — Selecting Color For Colorwork
Video — Color Dominance 101
Reading Charts
Wet Blocking

Skill Level
1 out of 5: Beginner