Slouch Cowl by Elizabeth Elliott

Slouch Cowl

September 2017
Sport (12 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 36.5 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round, in Birch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
585 - 595 yards (535 - 544 m)
28 in/71cm circumference, 18.5 in /47cm deep
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This pattern is part of the Slouches Collection.

Monochrome stripes of Birch and Pebble give texture to this exquisitely soft, slouchy cowl. Short row wedges shape the cowl’s folds. Slouch Cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up, using knit and purl. The pattern instructions are written only, and include an illustrated tutorial for German Short Rows.


  • Shibui Knits Birch, Field: 2 skeins
  • Shibui Knits Pebble, Field: 2 skeins


  • US7/4.5mm 24 in/60cm circular needle or size needed for correct gauge


  • 4 stitch markers (end of rnd + 3 for short rows)
  • yarn needle

About the yarns:
Shibui Pebble is a tweedy, 2-ply, light fingering weight silk/merino/cashmere blend with a soft hand and a little memory. If you’re substituting for this yarn, look for a tweedy, light fingering weight yarn with some drape. You could also try a yarn with a different textural contrast to your main yarn, such as Shibui Knits’ merino/silk yarn, Lunar. You will need approximately 285 yds/261m of your substitute yarn.

Shibui Birch is a sport weight extra fine merino singles yarn, with exquisite softness and a bit of a halo. If substituting for this yarn, look for a soft, sport or heavy fingering weight yarn that gives a fabric with some structure at the pattern’s gauge. You will need approximately 305 yds/279m of your substitute yarn.