Spring Thaw by cold comfort knits

Spring Thaw

March 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
5.25 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
in Pattern
US 8 - 5.0 mm
675 yards (617 m)
One Size. Fits average adult female.
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Errata (cowl only): End on a purl row (#2 or #4).

Welcome Spring!

Melting snow and budding sprouts of life…a sigh of relief after a long, cold winter…and a warm welcome to the perennial Spring Thaw.

Finished Measurements

Hat: 9” (23 cm) high x 20.5” (52 cm) around—fits average adult female.

Cowl: 9.5” (24 cm) wide x 24” (61 cm) long (see note).

Note: Cowl is worked flat until 48” (122 cm) in length, then seamed and lightly blocked to obtain above measurements.

Yarn (Makes Hat & Cowl)

Madelinetosh TOSH DK (100% Merino Wool; 225 yards 205 meters / 100 grams): 2 skeins “Great Grey Owl” (A), 1 skein “Celadon” (B).

To maximize yardage, I recommend knitting the hat first. That way, if your gauge isn’t perfect, you won’t run out of yarn. Better to have a few rows less in your cowl than to not be able to finish the top of your hat!


Hat: One 16” (40 cm) circular needle size US 8 (5.0 mm) + One set of 4 double-pointed needles size US 8 (5.0 mm).

Cowl: One pair straight knitting needles size US 8 (5.0 mm).


Hat (Brim): 10.5 stitches & 12 rounds = 2” (5 cm) in Twisted Rib Pattern.

Hat (Main part): 21 stitches & 32 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in Lace Pattern.

Cowl: 21 stitches & 30 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Lace Pattern.

Yarn needle. Scissors. Tape measure. Stitch marker.

Skill Level
Hat: Intermediate
Cowl: Beginner