A cascading leaf design graces the simple Elm Road Cowl. It’s a just-right knitting pattern and yarn weight for all your fall and winter wardrobe needs.
The cowl is knit top-down in the round, using a stitch pattern that is easy to master after the first pattern repeat. The serrated edging and bindoff are worked at the same time. After the knitting is complete, add some unique beads to highlight each leaf point.
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Knit the cowl using either a sport-weight or dk-weight yarn. To allow the leaf stitch pattern to show through, stay away from yarn that are too variegated or blotchy when knit.
You’ll need about 210 yards [192 meters] of yarn. For the sample shown, I used Malabrigo Arroyo in color Frank Ochre. This beautiful 100% superwash merino wool yarn is soft and comfy against your neck.
It comes in 100 gram [3.5 oz] skeins of 335 yards [306 meters] each, so one skein is plenty, even if you choose to make your cowl a bit longer. (The pattern tells you how to do this.)
I used a US size 7 [4.5 mm] 16″ [40 cm] circular knitting needle to get gauge, and a single stitch marker to mark the end of the round. If you prefer to use stitch markers between pattern repeats, you’ll want a total of 12 markers, including one unique marker for the end of the round.
You’ll also need some unique beads to highlight each leaf point. I used a dozen 12 mm round wooden beads and a dozen size 6 seed beads. This is where you’ll have the most fun: choosing your beads to suit your unique style!
Elm Road Cowl Crochet Pattern
The pdf pattern itself contains fully written out instructions and a traditional stitch chart. As a bonus, it includes the stitch pattern shown as a Stitch Map, a clever and unique way of illustrating stitch patterns that prevents the need for a “no stitch in this part of the chart” symbol.
Read more about Stitch Maps.
The pattern has been test knit and professionally tech edited.