Missoni Cowl

This cowl pattern is incredibly addictive, as soon as you finish one you will want to start another. Happy knitting!



300g (6x 50g skeins) of Koigu Painter’s Pallete Premium Merino (KPPPM) 100% merino wool in at least 6 different colours

3.0 mm / US 3 24” circular needle

stitch marker, waste yarn for provisional cast on

darning needle



Kfb – knit into the front and back of one stitch increasing 1 stitch

Psso – pass slip stitch over

K2tog – knit 2 together decreasing 1 stitch

Technique instructions thanks to Knitty!:

Provisional cast on - http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/FEATfall05TT.html

Kitchener stitch – http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/FEATtheresasum04.html




You are knitting a long tube in the round (like a sleeve) and then twisting the tube once and joining into a complete circle that will slip over your head.  All colour joining ends are hidden inside the tube!



Using the provisional method, cast on 208 stitches (or a multiple of 13 for wider or narrower cowl).  Place a marker and join for working in the round being careful not to twist your stitches.


Round 1: (kfb, knit 4, slip 1, k2tog, psso, knit 4, kfb) repeat to end of round

Round 2: knit all stitches


Repeat these two rounds in stripe pattern described below until work measures 32”, or desired length. Twist the cowl once, and then use kitchener stitch to graft the two ends together.


Stripe Pattern:

I used a “Missoni like” pattern with three yarns at a time in the following sequence 6 rows of colour A, 4 rows of colour B, 2 rows of colour C, 4 rows of colour B, and 6 rows of colour A.

# rows and colour: 6A – 4B – 2C - 4B – 6A


At the end of the sequence choose three new colours and repeat.

You can modify the stripe sequence any way you like to add your own personal touch!



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