Another Feather & Fan Cowl (free knitting pattern)

By Grace Gooding (goodnessgracious on Ravelry, goodnessgraciouswv on Etsy)




I knitted this cowl (turtleneck thing) with about 140 yards of 2-ply handspun (close to fingering weight) Optim yarn.  Optim is mechanically stretched merino wool that has silklike properties and is machine washable.  What I used in spinning were several samples from Chameleon Colorworks, in pistachio, polar, and Atlantis colorways (I traded other goodies for other people’s samples).  I am very lazy about lace—this has a short pattern repeat and there are only 4 rows for the pattern—only one of them is anything “special” and lacey that requires counting.  It was helpful for me to place markers every 6 stitches.


Yarn:  140 yards handspun (about fingering/sock weight) Optim yarn

Needle:  16 inch #3 circular


Cast on (I used 136 stitches, it has to be big enough to go around your head and be a multiple of 18), placing a marker every 6 stitches.  Join into circle, being careful not to twist.  Place a (special) marker at the beginning of your round.


Round 1:  knit all stitches

Round 2 :  knit all stitches

Round 3:  *[k2tog] 3 times, [yo, k1] 6 times, [k2tog] 3 times* {repeat 8 times per round, if you used 136 stitches}

Round 4:  purl all stitches


Repeat rounds 1-4 until you are ALMOST out of yarn or cowl is the size you want and then cast-off.  I blocked mine out LONGER, because I thought it was a little “fatter” than necessary—I have a small head.  You could use one or two fewer repeats and make it longer and block it wider.



4 Responses to “Another Feather & Fan Cowl (free knitting pattern)”

  1. Cinquain & cowl on another snow day « Goodness Gracious WV’s Weblog Says:

    […] I wrote up the pattern for the cowl. […]

  2. Aimee Says:

    Hey! Thanks for posting the pattern! Yours is so beautiful.

  3. jan Says:

    Kind of wondering about the math…..136 isn’t a multiple of 18.

    • goodnessgraciouswv Says:

      RE: jlashua
      LOL whaddya know? You are completely right about that. I don’t know what to tell you, as it has been awhile since I made this. I probably don’t know how to count, and I honestly don’t remember how many stitches I used. Likely I made a note someplace about 136 and “believed” myself and didn’t go back and count the actual stitches. Or it is a typo and I meant 126 (but then it is 7 repeats). You DO need a multiple of 18 and it DOES need to be able to go around your head.

      Sorry about that, thanks for pointing it out. Use your best guess–it will vary based on your head size, your gauge, and your “style” anyhow. 🙂

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