Wallflower Cowl by Carina Spencer

Wallflower Cowl

January 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette, after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
220 yards (201 m)
one size (with instructions to modify)
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Wallflower uses mosaic colorwork to create a dense, full-bodied fabric that stands up to keep you warm. I-cord edges prevent rolling and add a substantial finish to complement the graphic patterns. Contrary to its complex appearance, the colorwork in this cowl is actually quite easy to do, as you’re only working with a single color at a time!

While the I-Cord Cast on and I-Cord Bind Off are encouraged to ensure stability in the edges of the cowl, a Long Tail Cast On and standard bind off can be substituted with sturdier yarns that do not easily roll. You may want to experiment on your swatch before deciding which method is best for your project.

Pattern includes a mini Gauge Swatch Pattern, allowing you to practice any unfamiliar techniques before casting on, and a coloring page to help you choose and arrange your colors. Download the coloring page for FREE here to try it out before purchasing the pattern, OR if you’re like me and prefer to fill colors in digitally, there is also a jpg file at that link. Use the paint bucket tool in Photoshop or Pixlr.com (a free image editor web app) to quickly fill in the jpg template with your color palette.

If you’re looking for palette inspiration, check out Adobe Color. There you can explore 5-color palettes & color trends or extract a palette from any image. Check the photos to the left to see a couple Wes Anderson-inspired palettes I put together using stills from his films!


I-cord cast on (instructions provided)
knitting in the round
knit & purl
I-cord bind off (instructions provided)
grafting/Kitchener stitch

Pattern is written for one size and includes instructions for modifying the circumference. Finished measurements are after blocking.

CIRCUMFERENCE: 25”/63.5 cm
HEIGHT: 7¾“/20 cm

YARN - In worsted weight yarn,
C1 - 80 yds/74 m
C2 - 70 yds/64 m
C3 - 70 yds/64 m
C4 - 80 yds/74 m
C5 - 20 yds/18 m

Sample was knit with The Fibre Co. Organik (70% Organic Merino, 15% Baby Alpaca, 15% Silk; 98 yds/90 m per 50g) in Desert Rose (C1), Cumulus (C2), Loam (C3), Claystone (C4), & Yellowstone (C5). Unfortunately, Organik is a discontinued yarn. Other excellent options include Malabrigo Worsted, Quince & Co. Lark, & Brooklyn Tweed Ranch 01 and Ranch 02.

NEEDLES - 16”/40 cm or 20”/50 cm circular needle in US 7/4.5 mm OR size required to obtain gauge, 1 dpn for grafting

NOTIONS - waste yarn for provisional cast on, stitch markers, and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends

21 sts & 50 rounds = 4”/10 cm in pattern OR
20 sts & 26 rounds = 4”/10 cm in stockinette

Pattern provides a mini Gauge Swatch Pattern for you to try out the techniques before casting on AND a stockinette equivalent gauge.