Forest Mosaic Cowl by Kay Hopkins

Forest Mosaic Cowl

October 2020
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette using larger needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
370 - 400 yards (338 - 366 m)
Top Edge: 24 inches / *61 cm* Depth: 15 inches / *38 cm*
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The Forest Mosaic Cowl is a quick and easy cowl with textured colorwork that looks impressive but is really just slipped stitches. The colorwork uses only one color per row! It’s so much fun to work the design in a gradient yarn and it’s also a great way to use up stash and leftover yarn… maybe even a skein of variegated yarn against a strongly contrasting background?

Forest Mosaic is a triangle cowl with a center spine and is worked top-down. The back edges can be seamed, or you can optionally add loops and buttons for additional versatility in wearing.

The pattern is both charted and written. Yes, every single square of every single chart is written out and included at the end of the pattern!

The pattern is written for fingering weight yarn but can be made in any weight. Size and yarn usage will vary with differences in gauge.

This pattern has been professionally tech-edited and tested.


Top Edge: 24 inches / 61 cm
Depth: 15 inches / 38 cm


Fingering or Sport weight yarns that meet gauge, are smooth and in strong color contrast to each other with no color overlap.

Samples shown used:

Contrast Color (CC): Spincycle Dyed in the Wool – Sport or Heavy Fingering in color Leith. Any colorway will work with a background that provides strong contrast.

Main Color (MC): Woolfolk Tynd in Color 01.

Substitute any yarn that meets gauge including leftovers in your yarn stash! MC yarn should be a smooth yarn, of equal weight and in strong color contrast to the CC yarn.

Estimated Yarn Required

Main Color (MC): 223 yds / 204 m.
Contrast Color (CC): 150 yds / 137 m.

Yarn usage will vary depending on gauge, options chosen, and specific yarn.

Instructions are included for how to read the mosaic colorwork charts and there’s also a link to a Mosaic instructional video by Felicia Wong of Sweet Georgia. She’s using my Smugglers Cove Shawl in the video ;).

Suitable for an Advanced beginner with some experience in the skills listed below. We can help in the KAL with the slipped stitch colorwork and how to read the color charts.

Skills Used: Basic stitches, decreases, increases, slipped stitches (Mosaic), reading a color chart.