The Dark Arts Cowl by cold comfort knits

The Dark Arts Cowl

March 2019
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in Stranded Colour Work Pattern
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
860 yards (786 m)
One Size
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Knitting isn’t just an art form, it’s practical magic! Take this cowl, for example. With just a few waves of my two pointy knitting wands, an unlikely pair of hand-dyed yarns were magically transformed into an eye-catching cowl! If you decide to conjure one up for yourself, beware the dark arts!

These yarns have been known to cast a spell of enchantment, mesmerizing the knitter with their delightful colours and textures. Add a relaxing, rhythmic pattern and you may become unable—or unwilling—to put this project down! Consider yourself warned ;)

This cowl is part of a matching set! The Dark Arts HAT pattern is also available in my Ravelry shop :)

Finished Measurements

20” (51 cm) tall x 14” wide (36 cm) = 28” (72 cm) circumference (un-stretched, gently blocked).


(MC) Long Dog Yarn Single (100% Merino Wool; 400 yards / 366 meters / 100 grams): 1 skein in colour “Dark Dimension”. Sample used one full skein.

(CC) Hedgehog Fibres Kidsilk Lace (70% Mohair, 30% Silk); 459 yards / 420 meters / 50 grams): 1 skein in colour “Villain”. Sample used one full skein.

Please read note below regarding yarn substitution.


One 24” (60 cm) circular needle size US 3 (3.25 mm).
One 24” (60 cm) circular needle size US 6 (4.0 mm).

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


36 stitches / 36 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Corrugated Ribbing.
32 stitches / 31 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in Stranded Colour Work Pattern.


Stitch marker (for beginning of round). Yarn needle. Scissors.


Stranded colour work.
Corrugated ribbing.
Increasing and decreasing.

Yarn Substitution

If substituting colours, I recommend choosing a MC & CC that are very different in value (ie. one very light or bright + one very dark), otherwise the colours may become muddled. Because this is stranded knitting—MC & CC stitches alternate—colour contrast is also important; be sure your yarns don’t share too many colours in common.