Strawberry Mountain Cowl by Kay Hopkins

Strawberry Mountain Cowl

August 2020
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
450 - 550 yards (411 - 503 m)
Top Edge: 23 inches / 58.5 cm Depth: 17 inches / 43 cm
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Pattern is available in Knit Companion.

Strawberry Mountain is a quick and easy cowl with simple striping and colorwork 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. Be sure to use strongly contrasting colors and do swatch the colorwork to make sure you’re happy with the way your yarn works. Hint: You might even want to flip the colors for the mosaic and there are colorwork charts included for the reverse color option.

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.

Strawberry Mountain is worked on the bias from one end to the other, starting with just 6 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. She’s using my Smugglers Cove Shawl in the video ;).

INSPIRATION: Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is a wilderness area of the Strawberry Mountain Range in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. It’s over 69,000 acres of mountain peaks and seven lakes, and contains more than 125 miles of hiking trails.

This pattern has been professionally tech-edited and tested.


Top Edge: 23 inches / 58.5 cm
Depth: 17 inches / 43 cm


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

Main Color (MC): Malabrigo Sock: Fingering (100% Wool - Merino) 440 yds (402m)/3.53 oz (100g). Color: Cote d’Azure.


Substitute any yarn that meets gauge including leftovers in your yarn stash! MC yarn should be a smooth yarn, of equal weight and in strong color contrast to the CC yarn. 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.
Contrast Color (CC): 180 yds / 165 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.