Pirl Cowl


A pirl is a Scots word for a gentle ripple in a pond and the Pirl Cowl is a cosy colourwork cowl with a pattern that gently ripples from one colour to another! This is a quick knit and perfect for using up leftover balls of yarn. Combine it with the matching hat to stay warm this winter! The Pirl Cowl has two sizes to choose from – for little people or big ones!

The pattern is fully written with a chart for the colourwork pattern and also includes a photo tutorial for a super stretchy cast-on called the Estonian Cast-On for the bottom of the cowl. The pattern has been tech edited and test knitted. There’s a screenshot of the pattern, and a list of the stitches used at the bottom of the photos.

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Pattern Details


  • 88 (98) m / 96 (108) yds Black Elephant DK (100% Superwash Merino, 230 m/115g) in Mist (Colour A)
  • 95 (106) m / 104 (116) yds Black Elephant DK (100% Superwash Merino, 230 m/115g) in Tranquility (Colour B)
  • 4 mm (US 6) circular needles, 40 cm (16”) or longer or DPNs
  • 1 stitch marker
  • Yarn needle for sewing in ends


23 stitches and 32 rows in 10 cm (4”) in stocking stitch in the round.

Finished Size

Circumference: 48.5 cm (19.5”)
Height: 20.5 cm (8”)

Circumference: 55.5 cm (22”)
Height: 22.5 cm (9”)

To see the cowl in other sizes and colours check out my testers projects!

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