Fluffy Alpaca Cowl

January 2020
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
9 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 15 - 10.0 mm
100 - 109 yards (91 - 100 m)
one size
low vision format available
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I have 9 rescue alpacas on a small farm in north east Arkansas. Before I learned how to spin, I bought this fluffy alpaca boucle yarn at a small yarn shop, because I wanted to use alpaca yarn. I made a scarf with it but didn’t like it, so I sadly frogged the scarf and waited.

Over 900 hours of knitting other things later, I decided to write my own pattern for a cowl! This is that cowl. It is mostly stockinette with purl ridges and yarn over details.

It is one size, about 28” in circumference so that it keeps your neck nice and cozy (versus being more decorative and draped down your chest).

You will need about 110 yards of medium bulky yarn (5 or 6). You could make it with worsted weight but then it would be very airy and not as cozy.

This pattern may require playing “yarn chicken”. I suggest weighing your yarn before you start. Then, after you’ve cast on and knit one row, weight it again. The amount used is how much it will take to do the last row and cast off…so keep track of that so you don’t run out and have to frog back twice like I did when writing the pattern. :)

Gauge: 9 stitches x 16 rows in stockinette = 4” x 4”. I frogged out the gauge and used every inch of 109 yards to make the cowl. I made my swatch with 24” circular needles, US size 15.

I believe in universal design/accessibility, and I have a parent with severely impaired vision, so I made a large print version of this for knitters with low vision. If you have trouble with the large print version, please let me know and I will made adjustments.

If you want the accessible version, be sure to download the file labeled “large print”. It is in black & white text, size 22-24 Calibri (no serifs), no italics, no charts, and in a single column of text.

You may sell finished items made with this pattern, but please attribute the design to Sanctuary Farm & Rest House.