Honey Pie Cowl by Kelly McClure

Honey Pie Cowl

August 2020
Honey Pie Hives and Herbals Organic merino
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in St st in stranded pattern after blocking
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
690 - 800 yards (631 - 732 m)
one size
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This pattern was free until Sunday, August 16th 2020, noon (EST). If you missed the promotion, you can find Honey Pie Hives and Herbals at a market to get your 50% off coupon!

This detailed cowl is the fifth design in a collaboration series with Ontario indie dyers. It features Honey Pie Hives and Herbals who naturally dyes yarns in Prince Edward County using plants from her property! Photos were taken on site with the stunning dyer as the model!

This design is strictly for stranded knitting lovers - it is made in one long tube starting with a provisional cast on and then the ends are grafted together for a seamless object of beauty that is also crazy cozy!

Two solid, contrasting colours are suggested for the best result. Note that all yarn is used, so if you are making a substitution, don’t skimp on yardage.

Experience with stranded knitting is suggested. Two-handed stranding is also recommended. See Resource links below.

Hexi-bee stitch markers from Bohoknits available HERE!

Thanks as always to my testers!

Skill Level

Skills stranded knitting, chart reading, provisional cast on, grafting

Sizes one size


  • not crucial - approx 28 sts and 36 rows = 10 cm (4”) in stranded St st on 2.75 mm

Yarn fingering weight wool

Suggested Brand

  • 2 skeins Honey Pie Hives and Herbals Organic Merino

    100% organic merino wool, 315 m (345 yds) per 115 g

shown in naturally dyed colours Marigold (pale yellow) and Wild Grape Leaves (green)


  • 2.5 mm (US 1) 50 or 60 cm (20” or 24”) circs for lining
  • 2.75 mm (US 2) 60 cm (24”) circs for bee
  • 3 mm (US C or D) crochet hook

or size needed to obtain gauge

Other Materials

  • tapestry needle
  • 1 unique marker for BOR; 1 unique marker for halfway point; 8 markers to mark sections (for example, one blue marker, one red marker and 8 yellow markers)
  • fingering scrap yarn for provisional cast on
  • highlighter tape to help follow chart (optional)

Resource Links:

Provisional Cast On
Two-handed Stranding
Dominant Colours in Stranded Knitting
Catching Floats