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Sometimes life is a little wonky, a little off kilter. Sometimes things happen at the most inconvenient of times, but this cowl makes it okay, and even fun to be out of balance.

It’s a traditional stitch with a twist. The pattern is shown in 3 different cool-toned yarns, demonstrating its versatility without them being wildly different. If you like living on the edge, make it even more discombobulated with a color that screams or a funky handspun art yarn.





Circumference: 19 inches
Height: 6.25 inches


spacer [Brown] Sirdar Click Chunky with Wool [70% acrylic, 30% wool; 82yd/75m per 50g skein]; color: #143 Duffler; 1 skein

spacer [Pink/Purple] Crystal Palace Yarns Kaya [100% wool; 65yd/59m per 50g ball]; color: #0110 Potpourri; 2 skeins

spacer [Blue] Sheep Shop Yarn Company Sheep 2 [100% wool; 90yd/82m per 100g skein]; color: #F111 Navy; 1 skein

Recommended needle size:
spacer 16-inch US #10/6mm circular needle

spacer 4 stitch markers – be sure that one is different from the others
spacer Yarn needle


13 sts/18 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

Instructions for the Long-Tail Cast On can be found here.


Using long-tail method, CO 66 sts. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist [use the stitch marker which is different from the others].

Set-up Round: K12, place marker, k21, place marker, k12, place marker, k21.

Round 1: [K2tog, k10, m1, slip marker, (p5, k3) twice, p5, slip marker] twice.

Round 2: [K12, slip marker, (p5, k3) twice, p5, slip marker] twice.

Round 3: Work as for Round 1.

Round 4: K all sts.

Round 5: [K2tog, k10, m1, slip marker, p1, (k3, p5) twice, k3, p1] twice.

Round 6:  [K12, slip marker, p1, (k3, p5) twice, k3, p1] twice.

Round 7: Work as for Round 5.

Round 8: K all sts.

Work Rounds 1-8 twice more, then work Rounds 1-7 once more. Total of 32 rounds have been worked, including Set-up Round.

Loosely BO all sts, using a larger needle if necessary to ensure the BO edge is sufficiently stretchy.


Weave in ends and block as desired.

Brittany began knitting obsessively in June of 2007. Her life quickly became a whirlwind knitting adventure, until 2009, when she threw spinning into the mix, officially transforming into an all around fiber enthusiast.

Her creative adventures can be found on her blog.