Royal Purple Cowl and Yarn Along


I have knitted and finished the cowl just in time for my friend Joan’s birthday today!! I am so happy, I started it on Sunday, frogged some of it on Monday and then continued with two yarns instead of one. This is a luxurious cowl that I have knitted with Merino and kid Mohair. It is very soft indeed. This lighter colour actually has hints on purple in it and purple is Joan’s favourite colour. I really enjoy giving handmade presents to my friends, it’s lovely to knit a gift with someone in mind.

If you would like to knit a cowl too here is the pattern:


The pattern is knitted in multiples of two, so if you would like to make it smaller or bigger as long as you have an even amount of stitches you will be fine.

The pattern is repeated twice for each colourway, until you have 5 stripes of colour, this will total 10 pattern repeats altogether.


50 grams of DK purple yarn

50 grams of DK Kid Mohair yarn

5mm circular needles

6mm needle for a loose cast off

sewing needle

stitch marker


In the Merino yarn, cast on 200 stitches and join for knitting in the round, place your stitch marker.

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: Purl

Round 3: (Make one (take yarn around the needle), purl 2 together) across the round.

Round 4: (Make one (take yarn around the needle), purl 2 together) across the round.

Repeat the above pattern again in the same yarn.

Change to the Kid Mohair and knit 2 pattern repeats.

Remember to carry the different yarns up the inside of the knitting while alternating the colours so that you won’t need to join the yarn each time.

Continue alternating the different yarns after 2 repeats of the pattern until you have 5 colour bands or continue if you wish:)

Cast off with a 6mm knitting needle for a loose bind off.

Sew in all the ends

You are finished!

Thank you to my lovely Erin for modelling the cowl today.

Joining with Ginny today for the Yarn Along.

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17 Responses to Royal Purple Cowl and Yarn Along

  1. Tracey November 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Linda, the cowl you knit is so very pretty. I love how you used two different weight yarns, and will have to borrow that idea in the future. Thank you once again for sharing your pattern.

  2. Emma November 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    What a wonderful present for your friend! The two yarns go so well together, it looks so soft.
    Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  3. Andria November 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Wow, just lovely. I love the two different yarns/textures. Looks soft and gorgeous!

  4. Andria November 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Wow, just lovely. I love the two different yarns/textures. Looks soft and gorgeous!

  5. Sue November 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    That is so pretty, love the 2 shades you’ve used. Thanks for listing the pattern

  6. Anke November 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Your friend is going to be thrilled with this gift. The cowl looks so soft and pretty!

  7. Joy November 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Very pretty cowl! You’re friend will be delighted, I’m sure. 🙂

  8. heathermama November 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    that cowl is lovely, so soft and cozy looking. thank you for the great pattern!

  9. steph November 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    just want to cozy up in that one!!! pretty!

  10. niria November 7, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    What a pretty model and a wonderful pattern……
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. Diane November 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    What a pretty cowl. I wish my knitting skills were advanced enough to make it.

  12. Angela November 9, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Simple and elegant. Thank you for sharing!

  13. suzanne October 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    What a beautiful cowl! When you say “take yarn around the needle” is that the same thing as “yarn over”. I think so, but just want to be sure. I am a fairly new knitter. Thanks!

    • Linda October 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

      Hi Suzanne,
      That’s correct, Happy knitting:)

  14. Dawn December 8, 2015 at 12:09 am #


    This may be a silly question but you say after Round 4 to repeat the pattern, you mean go back to round 1 correct? I love this pattern and hope it knits up rather quickly as I want to make it for my co-workers in all different colors!!! Thank you!

    • Linda December 28, 2015 at 10:40 am #

      Hi Dawn, yes, that’s correct:)
      Happy knitting


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