Hex Key Cowl by Nick Davis

Hex Key Cowl

March 2022
Sport (12 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
in blocked garter stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
180 - 270 yards (165 - 247 m)
One official size fits most, with notes about sizing up.
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Hex Key Cowl uses unusual—but relatively straightforward—shaping to make a closely-fitted cowl that pulls on over the wearer’s head.

Because it’s close-fit, it can be worn as a headwrap/scarf/earwarmer, too. Because it’s shaped so oddly, it can be worn in a few different ways—doubled over, it looks like a triangle-kerchief-style cowl; crumpled down, you can see a little of the geometric interest. Either way, angles come together in interesting ways that show off a multicolored yarn well, or make good use of a collection of sport/DK scraps.


  • 1 skein or 55g/180yds of Noro Silk Garden Sock, or a substitute sportweight/dk yarn that knits well at the same gauge
  • 1 24” circular needle in US4/3.5, or size needed for gauge
  • Optional: DPNs and 16” circular in size needed for gauge
  • 6 removable stitch markers or scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Optional: extra needle for a three-needle bindoff

Gauge is 5 sts and 8 rows in 1”/2.54cm of garter stitch. Please be sure to check your gauge. This is a fitted piece, and it needs to be able to stretch over the wearer’s head.