On the Road Again Cowl by Snickerdoodle Knits

On the Road Again Cowl

March 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
87 - 280 yards (80 - 256 m)
(Child, Small Adult, Medium Adult, Large Adult)
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The On the Road Again Cowl is one of two patterns in the On the Road Again Collection. This collection is a sequel to the Home Series, which includes My Forever Home, A New Home, and Next Door Neighbors collections. On the Road Again was created to recognize those who don’t feel as if they have a home, a place to belong.

Main Features

  • fun way to use up leftover yarn from the On the Road Again Hat

  • features a tapered circumference to help the cowl lay nicely, making it easy to style

  • features ribbing that makes for a cozy fit

  • includes 4 sizes, each with a different height and circumference

  • easy to adjust the height by adjusting the number of repeats worked

  • worked in the round bottom up using DK weight yarn

  • includes linked video tutorials for the techniques used within the pattern

  • includes written and charted instructions that have been test knit and professionally tech edited

  • includes a blog post with alternate yarn and color recommendations

The On the Road Again Cowl is a quick and simple knit using DK weight yarn. It highlights a stranded colorwork motif that is designed to resemble an endless road wrapping the circumference of the hat. However, most of the pattern is worked with only one strand of yarn.

The knit is simple, easy to follow, and a bit addicting. It’s the perfect knit for the evenings when you’d like something more engaging than plain stockinette, but you don’t feel like working anything that requires much brain power.

This cowl is a simple design that provides a fun opportunity to play with contrasting colors. The design includes some decreases so the top of the cowl is slightly smaller than the top. This helps the cowl lay nicely around the neck and makes it feel a bit cozier. It makes for a great knit for yourself or as a gift. This pattern is worked bottom up. Learn more about the design inspiration, knitting experience, and wearing experience here.

The Collection was designed such that you can knit both the cowl and hat using just two skeins of DK weight yarn. To do this, you will need to switch your main color between projects. This will create a coordinating set rather than a matching set.

The pattern includes one PDF file with both the written and the charted instructions, but the instructions are kept separate for easy printing.

Bottom Circumference: (20, 23.25, 26.75, 30) in / (51, 59.5, 67.5, 76) cm

Top Circumference: (17.75, 21, 24.5, 27.75) in / (45, 53.5, 62, 70.5) cm

Cowl Length: (9.75, 12.25, 14.75, 17.25) in / (25, 31, 37.5, 44) cm

(100, 167, 226, 322) yds / (91, 153, 207, 294) m; (46, 77, 104, 148) grams DK weight yarn for MC
(17, 28, 39, 54) yds / (16, 26, 36, 49) m; (8, 13, 18, 25) grams DK weight yarn for CC

Designed using Birch Hollow Fibers Phillis DK (100% Superwash Merino; 250 yds / 228.6 m, 115 g), shown in Baby Ann and Sword Steel.

This design was created as a collaboration with Birch Hollow Fibers. If you have the means, I highly recommend checking out their amazing colorway options! Find color recommendations and alternate yarn suggestions here.

18 stitches, 24 rounds = 4 in / 10 cm stockinette stitch

4.0 mm (US size 6), or size needed to obtain gauge, circular needles, minimum 16 in / 40 cm long; double pointed needles optional for decreases

Darning needle

Stitch marker, optional

The On the Road Again Hat primarily includes ribbing and stockinette, with a few simple decreases and a few rounds of stranded colorwork. This is a great pattern for an adventurous beginner that is wanting to practice knitting in the round and get comfortable with stranded colorwork.

All of my patterns include clear, step-by-step instructions and linked video technique tutorials that walk you through the pattern with confidence. I am also available for pattern support if you have questions.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of my test knitters and my tech editor for this pattern, Jekaterina Dmitrijeva.

What knitters are saying about the pattern:

“It’s a simple, elegant design. A good opportunity to use the remaining yarn from different projects.” -- Svetlana

​ “Great simple pattern with a lot of color options!” ​

“Quick, fun, and addicting pattern. If you like cowls, you might need one in every color combo!”

​ “This pattern is wonderful! The idea and story behind it resonated with me because I move every 2-3 years. Car rides and plane trips are familiar and inviting to me. The pattern itself is easy to follow. It has both written instructions and charted. The colorwork is simple and easy to remember. If you’re looking for a good introductory colorwork pattern, I’d recommend this one. The finished piece is a great wardrobe piece to have, especially for transitional weather - winter to spring and practically all autumn.” -- Ashley | leylandyarn

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I am happy to help with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding the pattern. My contact information is included in the pattern.

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