Twist Cowl by Andrea Hilton

Twist Cowl

May 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
420 - 840 yards (384 - 768 m)
One size fits most
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Updated Pattern

This pattern has been updated since it was originally published and a free video tutorial has been added. Modifications include: (1) tightening the gauge by decreasing the recommended needle size and slightly increasing the number of cast on stitches, (2) adding instructions for a two-sided option (no wrong side!), (3) adding a bit of length. Also, please be sure to block your finished cowl to obtain results as described in this pattern.

The updated pattern has been reviewed by a qualified tech editor. Professional instructions include measurements in English and metric. There is also a free video overview of the pattern available here as well as a tutorial showing how to work the twist stitch here.

Inspired by the Twist Shawl, this easy yet elegant cowl starts with a provisional cast on. Twists are achieved by transferring stitches onto a double pointed needle and rotating every 10 rows. The loop is joined by grafting live stitches with the kitchener stitch.

On the single sided version, edges are finished as you knit with a simple slip stitch edging. Again, block your final knit to avoid rolling edges.

The new two sided version requires a second skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (or similar sock/fingering weight yarn). There is no “wrong side” and the cowl is twice is thick.

This pattern is flexible and can be worked with multiple yarn weights and needle sizes. The number of pattern repeats is also flexible to create a cowl of varying lengths. The pattern is written with row by row instructions.

You can read more about this design and others on my blog where I prattle on endlessly about knitting at This Knitted Life.