Emerald Isle Cowl Knitting Pattern and Creative Friday




Hello everyone, my Emerald Isle Cowl is finished and I am sharing pattern here with you. It was quite a quick knit, knitted in Double Knitting merino wool from Colourspun and I knitted it on 5mm needles. I do love the colour of this green, just wonderful!

This cowl measures 40 inches in circumerfance when finished, but if you would like to make it bigger, the DK that I am knitting with on this pattern gives me 4 stitches per inch when knitted, so to add extra inches, you would cast on 4 stitches at a time for each inch of length that you require, just as long as you always add an even amount of stitches as this pattern works with multiples of 2.


100 grams of DK Colourspun wool (220 yards of yarn)

5mm circular needles

5.5mm straight needle for casting off with

sewing needle for the ends

1 stitch marker to place at the beginning of your round


Cast on 170 stitches on the 5mm circular needles and join for knitting in the round with the magic loop technique (place your stitch marker at the beginning of the round)

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: (Knit 2 stitches together all across the round)  (85 stitches)

Round 3: kfb (knit into the front and back of each stitch to increase) (170 stitches)

Round 4: Purl

Round 5: Knit

Round 6: (Knit 2 stitches together) all across the round (85 stitches)

Round 7: (Knit 1 stitch, make 1) all across the round (make 1: wrap yarn around needle to make a hole and increase) (170 stitches)

Round 8: Purl

This makes up the pattern for the cowl, repeat these 8 rounds another 6 times, your cowl should be about 6 inches wide when blocked.

Cast off loosely with your 5.5mm needle so that the cast off edge is nice and loose.

If you want your cowl to be longer see above for the amount of stitches to cast on.

Ravelry notes are here.

Happy knitting!

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39 Responses to Emerald Isle Cowl Knitting Pattern and Creative Friday

  1. Andria October 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Oh cowl just turned out lovely. It is so kind of you to share the pattern. I do so love that green, and your model is beautiful!

    • Linda October 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      Thanks so much Andria.

  2. Natalie October 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    The cowl is gorgeous, adore the colour.
    Have received the rectangles for your blanket yet? I do hope so.

  3. Natalie October 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Sorry, I meant to ask if you have received the rectangles. English….now was that my mother-tongue at some point? LOL!

    • Linda October 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Thanks Nat:) The rectangles haven’t arrived yet, we are having a postal strike here but I am sure they will arrive soon:) Thanks so much for sending.

  4. Andrea from ziezo October 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    The cowl looks great. Lovely colour!

    Thanks for the opportunity to share our creativity again. Have a lovely weekend!

  5. Kelly October 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Just finished my tute in time to link up 🙂

    Love the colour of the cowl, it’s just gorgeous!

  6. Heather Woollove October 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Linda–That green just makes my heart race!! What a beautiful project!

    • Linda October 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      Thanks Heather:)

  7. Elisabeth Andree October 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    What a beautiful cowl and the color is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the pattern and for hosting Creative Friday.

  8. a soulful life October 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I love the intricate stitching and the versatile shape! A perfect cowl!

  9. MyssT October 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Thanks for the pattern!! I have a Light green Pea coat …what colorway and yarn is that ?? I love it too!!

    • Linda October 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      You are welcome, it’s a DK yarn from Colourspun from her Earth collection. I love this colour so much!
      Take care

  10. sheila October 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Lovely! Happy Yarn Day! It is Yarn Day in the USA today!


    • Linda October 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      Happy Yarn Day to you Sheila! 🙂

  11. chelsey October 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    Gorgeous cowl- that would make such wonderful Christmas gifts for so many people I know! Happy Friday!

    • Linda October 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      Thanks Chelsey, I’m going to be saving all these knitted projects to give away as Christmas gifts:)
      Happy Friday to you too.

  12. Rebecca October 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    This is absolutely FABULOUS!! Thanks for sharing it with all of us. 🙂

  13. Sandy aka flamingo rover October 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    sharing a little poem this creative friday. Thanks Linda for creating such a lovely space to visit.

  14. Lori October 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Hi Linda, What a gorgeous cowl–thank you so much for sharing. And, thank you for hosting. Have a great weekend. Lori

  15. JenMun(a) October 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    oh this is a beautiful pattern, thank you!! your girl looks so beautiful as well;) just want to start knitting right now;)

  16. Tina October 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    beauriful cowl. Thanks for sharing and for yor Creative Friday. Tina

  17. Janis October 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    It is getting cold here I think I may need to whip up a cowl soon!

  18. Alessandra October 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I really love your the cowl and the color is perfect!!!
    xxx Alessandra

  19. Ellisen October 13, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    Thank you, Linda, for sharing your Emerald Isle Cowl with us. I have an Irish friend who will love it!

  20. Keely November 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    a great pattern, i love it.

  21. Mary Ellen February 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Thanks for this lovely pattern. I’m drawn to the name of it, rather than the color (even though it is a lovely green). I’m in the US in upstate NY watching big fluffy flakes of snow come down right now. I’m just about to finish the sock on my needles, and think a nice warm cowl (the hot fashion item here this winter) would be the perfect thing to cast on next. Love the texture in your stitch pattern.

  22. Frederick September 22, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for bridal shoes ivory

  23. Robin Cricket March 9, 2014 at 2:00 am #

    Hi, love this pattern, I have made it in a lovely dark green, and a warm cream color. I just started one on red, it looks great with any colour really, and easier than I first thought. Thank you again.

  24. Sandy February 24, 2015 at 1:41 am #

    I just was given a number of skeins of a chenille yarns in blue and suede. Think I will be using one of then to work this one up. Will post a picture when done.

  25. Mother of Reinvention September 13, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful pattern. I have blogged about it here: http://mother-of-reinvention.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/made-up-initiative-pledge-fomhar-cowl.html . I will definitely knit this again. Your version is gorgeous as is your model. Xx

  26. Sue October 31, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    Can you tell me how this could be knitted on straight needles? Thank you

    • Sue December 7, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

      Could you please tell me the length of the 5mm circular needle that you used for the Emerald Isle Cowl. It is lovely! Also, I am a tight knitter and wondered if I should go up in needle size?

  27. Carolyn November 26, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    I live in the Emerald City (Seattle, USA), so this pattern is perfect for me. Thank you so much!

  28. Wilma March 19, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    looking for pattern for Feather Lace Cowl seen it a month ago lost pattern could you send it to me Thanks.


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