Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham


April 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
265 - 720 yards (242 - 658 m)
25cm/10” x 120cm/48” in Scrumptious, 30cm/12” x 150cm/60” in Faery Wings OR customisable in any yarn of your choice
Flag of English English
This pattern is available for £3.50 GBP buy it now

This was our April 2013 Mystery Knitalong.

It’s an intriguing construction; a real mystery.

How about a cowl with no casting on & no binding off?

It’s made in rows but ends up all in one piece.

There’s no knitting in the round, no sewing, no grafting, no provisional cast-on, no picking up stitches. Promise.

You can make it to your own custom size, in your own choice of yarn without having to make a tension square. No kidding.

No purling, no knitting. Oh, wait, just joking - there is knitting - it’s garter stitch - with funky stripes and some easy intermediate increasing & decreasing.

This is a flexible pattern. You can go for the “Free Spirits” option to knit from any yarn. BUT I know not every knitter wants to decide everything, right? So, there is a fully designed “Inspiration Stripe” option in two sizes - you just follow the “clues” with the suggested yarn.

Free Spirits
Need to bust some stash? “Free spirits” can choose your own size, yarn and stripes. Guidance is given on cowl sizes, and on yarn quantities from fingering to super-bulky. No, you don’t need that gauge square.

Inspiration Stripe*

  • Fyberspates Scrumptious 365m/399yds per 100g skein, 1 skein Oyster & 1 skein Dandelion (a deep purply blue).
  • 24sts/48rows per 10cm/4” on 3.75mm/US 5 needles.
  • Makes size M: 25cm/10” x 120cm/48” around, to wear loosely in spring or twist up double for warmth.


  • Fyberspates Faery Wings 350m/382yds per 100g skein, 1 skein Purple Rain & 1 skein Inky Purple.
  • 20sts/40rows per 10cm/4” on 4.5mm/US 7 needles.
  • Makes size L: 30cm/12” x 150cm/60” around, oversized to drape around shoulders, twist-up double or even triple.

See some of the amazing finished projects here.