Oceanid Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

A free knitting pattern for a cowl fit for a mermaid! Waves of sea green and turquoise froth around your neck in soothing bands of color.

This lightweight accessory is truly season-spanning. It’s also comfort knitting. The easy-to-remember four-round stitch pattern is meditative and relaxing.

Thanks to KnitPicks for providing the the yarn for this project. This post contains affiliate links.


About the Yarn

Use fingering weight gradient yarn, color-changing yarns, or a tonal pack of mini skeins as shown here. Or make a rainbow version using your sock yarn odds and ends.

Fine Weight Yarn-2 Craft Yarn Council

KnitPicks Stroll Tonal is a fingering weight wool blend. It’s a classic sock yarn made of 75% superwash merino wool and 25% nylon. The Stroll Tonal Mini Packs are available in a variety of beautiful colorways. I chose Aquarium for my cowl, but there are several beautiful color combinations to choose from.

Stroll Tonal Mini Pack in Aquarium colorway

Including the yarn I used for a swatch, I used about 10 g of colors A and E, and a bit less than that for the other colors. That works out to be about 38-48 yds [34-44 m] per each of the five colors.

My math says that you should have enough to make two cowls from one mini pack, as long as you only knit one swatch and you match the pattern gauge.

You do always knit a swatch, right?

About the Knitting

With US size 3 [3.25 mm] 16″ [40 cm] circular needles, cast on loosely and knit in rounds until you are finished. Matching gauge is always important, but it’s not crucial in this project. What could be easier?

I’ll tell you what could be easier: collect up your stitch markers and put a marker between each 11-stitch repeat. That’ll help you keep track of the stitch pattern!

The free knitting pattern is below. You can also purchase an ad-free printable pdf pattern that includes photos and a stitch chart.

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Oceanid Cowl Pattern

Size & Finished Dimensions

One Size: 26″ [66 cm] diameter x 5″ [12.5 cm] high


Fingering weight yarn: approximately 48 yds [44 m] each of five colors. Sample used KnitPicks Stroll Tonal Mini Pack (75% superwash merino wool/25% nylon, 3.5 oz [100 g], 462 yd [422 m], colorway Aquarium

US size 3 [3.25 mm] 16″ [40 cm] circular knitting needle or size to obtain correct gauge

17 stitch markers; one in a unique color


Two 11-st pattern repeats = about 3″ [7.5 cm]; 48 rounds = 4″ [10 cm] in Wave Pattern

Gauge is not crucial in this pattern, but do match gauge for best results.


A, B, C, D, E: color designations
k: knit
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
rep: repeat
rnd(s): round(s)
ssk (slip, slip, knit): slip next 2 stitches one at a time knitwise, insert left needle into the front of these 2 sts and knit them together through the back loops
st(s): stitch(es)
yo: yarn over

Wave Pattern

(multiple of 11)
Rnds 1 & 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: *[Ssk] two times, [yo, k1] 3 times, yo, [k2tog] two times; rep from * around.
Rnd 4: Purl.
Repeat Rnds 1-4 for pattern.


With A and circular needle, loosely cast on 187 sts using a long-tail cast-on and placing a marker every 11 sts. Place unique color marker to indicate end of round. Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist sts.

Set-Up Rnd: Purl.

Begin Wave Pattern, working four rounds each of colors A, B, C, D, and E. Work until piece measures about 5″ [12.5 cm] long, ending with color E.

Bind off Rnd: Remove markers as you work this round. With E, *bind off 4 sts, (yo, lift previous st over the yarnover to bind off, bind off next st) 3 times, bind off 4 sts; rep from * around. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends. Block.

Charlotte Hat Almost Knits Itself

Charlotte Hat knitting pattern by Edie Eckman
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Edie Eckman Knit Charlotte Hat

What makes all other work come to a screeching halt? The long-awaited delivery of Japanese designer Hitomi Shida’s Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible.*

This stitch dictionary had been on my pre-order list for many months, and when it came in the mail I did a loud SQUEE! (yes, out loud) and maybe a happy dance. Then I sat myself right down and started swatching.

The Charlotte Hat

Edie Eckman Charlotte Hat knit crown

My very first swatch became a design, the Charlotte Hat for women. My enthusiastic test knitters** got their hats knit in record time. One knitter said, “This hat’s a winner!”

The stitch pattern is a combination of ripples, lace and garter stitch which is easy to set up and memorize. The crown shaping maintains the pattern to create an 8-pointed star. It’s written for worsted-weight yarn knit in the round on 16″  [40 cm] circular and double-pointed needles, but of course you can use Magic Loop or the two-circular method of knitting in the round if you prefer. Both text and charted instructions are included.

I used Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 in #8010 Natural for one version and Brown Sheep Company Nature Spun Worsted in N85W Peruvian Pink for another.

Edie Eckman Charlotte Hat knitNewer knitters looking for a little challenge or more experienced knitters looking for interesting-but-not-difficult, this one’s for you.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to my knitting. There are more exquisite stitch patterns to explore.

The Inspiration

Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible

For more beautiful stitch patterns, check out the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible by Hitomi Shida, translated by Gayle Roehm..

For more fun with knit ripple patterns, take my new Reimagining Ripples class at Stitches West 2018.


*Watch for more on this book in the next couple of weeks.

**Thanks to Jan, Ruth, Mary, Ruth, Penny, Robin and Beverly.