Kemmerer Cowl by Nick Davis

Kemmerer Cowl

January 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
17.5 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Blocked garter stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
209 - 210 yards (191 - 192 m)
One size fits most adults!
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The Kemmerer Cowl knits up fast, pairing a very basic stitch (garter) with an engaging alternative construction method. The project is simple, but the construction unique, so the pattern is explicitly detailed, to ensure you won’t have to struggle with the way it’s put together or invent your own seaming. It’s all there!

The .PDF for the Kemmerer Cowl has been fully revised from the free version! Both versions are available so you can see the changes made; they’re minor, but may make the simple pattern more intuitive for some. Files are currently organized by date when there’s more than one, so to start with the latest version, you’ll want to download the 21219 file.

The project is fun and quick--you can knit this cowl in just one skein of fancy worsted-weight (DK/light aran) yarn, making it excellent for those luxury single-dyelot skeins. It would be nice in handspun, too!


  • one skein Malabrigo Washted
  • 1 pair of straight needles (or 2 DPNs, or a circular) in US7-8/4.5-5.0mm, or size needed for gauge
  • several stitch markers
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge is 17.5 sts and 34 rows in 4”/10cm of blocked garter stitch. Please be sure to check your gauge.

The sample is shown in Malabrigo Yarns Washted, in the Aguas colorway. My initial prototype knit for this was done in Indiecita, and it’s very similar but places the decreases a little differently. (Essentially, it’s the same pattern with the same number of decreases in the same places, but the exact positions of the decreases are altered; this makes the pattern flow a bit better.)