Kraken Cowl (Knit) by Mary P. Hunt

Kraken Cowl (Knit)

DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
US 5 - 3.75 mm
320 - 400 yards (293 - 366 m)
Standard, Expanded, and SUPER KRAKEN
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Who doesn’t love a good legend? The Kraken Cowl is inspired by old illustrations of the mysterious eight-armed sea monster that brought ruin to many a sailor. Now the Kraken has jumped from page to knitting needle and is eager to wrap its tentacles around your neck… and bring you warmth and coziness!

This single-sided stranded colorwork cowl is worked in the round using two colors. Three sizes and four decorative border options are included within the pattern.


(Optional) 24” circular needles in size US 3 (3.25 mm)

24” circular needles in size US 5 (3.75 mm) or any needle that achieves gauge/desired size

Yarn & Yardage
Two contrasting colors in DK weight
Standard: MC = 165 yards / 151 meters | CC = 154 yards / 141 meters
(Expanded): MC = 184 yards / 168 meters | CC = 171 yards / 157 meters
Super Kraken: MC = 207 yards / 189 meters | CC = 193 yards / 177 meters

Tapestry needle
4 stitch markers


Size & Finished Measurements (when Finished and Blocked)
Three Sizes: Standard (Expanded) Super Kraken

Standard: Approximately 12” W x 11.5” H (30.5 x 29 cm)
(Expanded): Approximately 13.5” W x 11.5” H (34.5 x 29 cm)
Super Kraken: Approximately 15” W x 11.5” H (38 x 29 cm)

If sharing your progress and finished piece on Instagram or other social networks, please use the hashtag #KrakenCowl so I can admire your beautiful work! Happy knitting, friend!