Free Colourful Cowl Pattern!

OK, would you like the free pattern for this fairisle cowl that I designed?

cowl collage 1

You would? Well there’s a link to the pattern near the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

It’s a fairly generous one size, that would fit an adult or teen.

The version in the pictures was made using all 16 shades of Stylecraft Batik, but of course you could use fewer colours, or indeed a different DK/light-worsted yarn entirely. The cowl is worked in the round, so although you’ll have a fair few ends to weave in, there’s no purling fairisle and no seams. Hurrah!

So what are you waiting for? Apart from yarn, and more time, and the opportunity to finish all your other projects first. Oh, and I’m sorry to have to tell you but I think the cat has just pooped behind the sofa…

cowl collage 2

You want to see the reverse/inside of the cowl? Here ya go:-


Anyway, to the pattern! Drum-roll, please:-

Click here for the pattern!

OK? Shout if you have any problems. I may not necessarily be able to solve them, but I can nod sympathetically…



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34 Responses to Free Colourful Cowl Pattern!

  1. Cindy

    Thank you! I was hoping you would publish this pattern!

  2. I love that you show a back shot” (although that said this pattern and I will not be getting acquianted as I do not get on with Fairilse, however if we’re ever reconciled (unlikely), it will go near the top of my List.)

  3. Thanks for generously sharing your fabulous pattern. Now where’s my credit card for ordering the yarn?……….

    • The Twisted Yarn

      Hmm, now that’s a knitting-related question that I definitely can’t answer. 😉 But if you’re like me then it’ll be somewhere utterly ridiculous, like the fridge. Have you tried the fridge??

  4. I agree with prolificprojectstarter, it is great that you show us the back of it too. The neatness (is this an English word?) of your knitting is just amazing. I struggle with getting the tension right of the yarn at the back, so the work can look a bit crumply which hasn’t encouraged me to do more Fair Isle yet. But who knows, your pattern looks great and it is very generous of you to share it.

    • The Twisted Yarn

      Thank you for being so ridiculously kind. I always find the secret with fair isle is stretch the stitches out a bit so that your floats are quite long – longer than you think they need to be.

  5. Charlotte

    Thank you for the pattern! I’m a beginner knitter but can’t wait to try this when I’m a bit more experienced 🙂

  6. Beautiful things! I also try to share useful and interesting information for yarn. I’ll visit you again.

  7. “THE CAT HAS POOPED BEHIND THE SOFA?!” (I don’t have a cat?!)

  8. Oh, and cheers for the free pattern Ms T. I wonder if I can get that delicious yarn out here in the antipodes?

  9. Laurette

    Thank you! I love the colors of this new yarn – bright but not garrish. Any chance of getting eyes on the pattern you used for your mandala wall hanging? I have coveted that beauty for quite some time.

    • The Twisted Yarn

      Well I owe you a big thank you, because reading your comment FINALLY prompted me to get round to typing up the chart. So after a few hours’ work, I now have the major part of the pattern and will put out a post within the next week or so. Thank you so much for thinking of this crazy piece of knitting and for nudging me into typing up the chart. 🙂

      • Laurette

        Oh! Yay! I feel like a 6-year-old just before Christmas! I cannot wait to see what is under the tree!

  10. Love the Fair isle cowl Phil, so much detail fabulous x

  11. Stunning. I’m thinking I may have a plan for some of my leftover sock yarn 😸

  12. Beautiful cowl and the back is so neat. Are the lengths of carried yarn just what went between the different instances of the same colour or have you caught them together in the middle of a gap. It’s the twisting the yarn together so the carried lengths are not to long that I find gets me in a muddle.

  13. Ms I F Radford

    Thank you for this. Good Christmas pressie for the girls in the family.

  14. Donna

    Beautiful, just beautiful
    – but in all my let handedness – I cannot knit to save my life….now, give me a crochet hook and we’re off……………………..

  15. Norma

    I loved knitting this, I was very pleased with the results. Thank you for sharing your creativity. I would love to make a hat with a part of the pattern, would you have some suggestions as to how I could do this. Thanks

  16. This is an really lovely design and the all the colours look wonderful together. Very impressed with the way you combined them. Best regards Julia x

  17. Sarah

    This pattern is lovely, I knitted it in the summer. Just posted it on Ravelry (takes me forever to get round to doing that!). I was very good and knitted it from my mutating stash…..
    Thank you for your fabulous design!

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  19. Andrea

    Pattern looks lovely, not tried fairisle before but i love how you have pattern and words next to each other. Newish to chart reading to so this will be a great project

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