Rogue River Cowl by Kay Hopkins

Rogue River Cowl

April 2020
Sport (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
400 - 550 yards (366 - 503 m)
Top Edge: 26 inches / *66 cm* Depth: 22 inches / *56 cm*
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Rogue River is a quick and easy cowl with simple striping and a mosaic band that looks impressive but is really just slipped stitches and uses only one color per row!

It’s so much fun to work the colorwork in a gradient yarn and it’s also a great way to use up stash and leftover yarn.

Choose between easy stockinette all the way or try working the contrast color in garter stitch (knit on both sides, which is even easier!) and watch the texture truly pop out on the colorwork.

Rogue River is worked on the bias from one end to the other, starting with just 3 stitches, and is only slightly asymmetrical. The I-Cord edges are worked as you go so there’s no finishing to do and the bind off is also I-Cord.

The superior fit of the cowl is due to the angled edges at the back neck. The angles are then seamed or you can optionally add loops and buttons for additional versatility in wearing.

The pattern is written for heavy fingering or sport weight yarn but it can be made in any weight. Size and yarn usage will vary with differences in gauge.

Instructions are included for how to read the mosaic colorwork charts and there’s also a link to a Mosaic instructional video by Felicia Wong of Sweet Georgia.

INSPIRATION: The Rogue River in Oregon flows about 215 miles from the Cascade Range to the Pacific Ocean and is known for whitewater rafting, rugged scenery and salmon fishing. Do you see the raging river in the design?

This pattern has been professionally tech-edited and tested.


Top Edge: 26 inches / 66 cm
Depth: 22 inches / 56 cm
Seam at Back: 7 inches / 18 cm


Main Color (MC): Spincycle Wilder – Sport or Heavy Fingering (100% Wool); 200 yds (183m). Color: Light Grey

Contrast Color (CC): Spincycle Dyed in the Wool – Sport or Heavy Fingering (100% Wool); 200 yds (183m). Color: Ruination shown in samples. Any colorway will work with a background that provides contrast.


Substitute any yarn that meets gauge including leftovers in your yarn stash! Other yarn weights can also be used but yarn usage and size may vary depending on yarn selected.

Estimated Yarn Required
Main Color (MC): 300yds / 274 m. 1.5 skeins Wilder
Contrast Color (CC): 150 yds / 137 m. 1 skein of Dyed in the Wool

Yarn usage will vary depending on gauge, options chosen, and specific yarn.

Advanced beginner. Skills Used: Basic stitches, decreases, increases, slipped stitches (Mosaic), reading a color chart.