In a Mood Cowl
IN A MOOD COWL
choose your own adventure style pattern
choose your yarn weight, choose the number of colors you use, choose your finished cowl size, and choose which of the 4 stitches you use and when
follow the inspiration of where your mood takes you or follow one of 9 design options included in the pattern
a fun project that allows you to change your mind mid-knitting without having to set aside one project and picking up another
pattern includes recommended gauge, needle size, and yarn quantities for fingering and DK weight yarns; but it’s very flexible to your needs
pattern includes a chart of yarn equivalencies if you’d like to stash dive and hold yarns together
includes linked video tutorials for the techniques used within the pattern
includes written and charted instructions that have been test knit and professionally tech edited
includes a blog post with alternate yarn and color recommendations
ABOUT THE PATTERN
In a Mood Cowl is a create-your-own adventure style design. Within the pattern I’ve provided the instructions to work a cowl with four stitch motifs to choose from. You can work each motif as many or as few times as you’d like, and you can switch back and forth between motifs as often as you’d like; you just need to complete the motif repeat instructions.
Each time you pick up your project, you reflect on what kind of mood you’re in: do you need something mindless, something interesting, or something detailed? Allow your mood to guide you through the shawl. If you’re working with more than one color, allow your mood to choose when you need to change things up and use a different color.
The pattern includes recommended gauges for fingering and DK weight yarns; yarn recommendation amounts for three cowl sizes in each yarn weight; and nine recommended designs (including the pattern instructions for my sample) if you’d like to follow a pattern instead of following your mood. It also includes information on yarn equivalencies if you’re interested in holding yarn together to create a heavier yarn weight.
This pattern is worked in the round bottom-up (or top-down, depending on how you choose to wear it!). Learn more about the design inspiration, knitting experience, and wearing experience here.
The pattern includes one PDF file with both the written and the charted instructions, but the instructions are kept separate for easy printing.
Small (Medium, Large)
20 (24, 28) in/51 (61, 71) cm circumference x 10 (12, 14) in/25.5 (30.5, 35.5) cm tall
YARN & NEEDLES
Note: Yarn quantities will differ based on which stitch type(s) you use. Garter tends to use more yarn, while lace uses less.
Note: The larger needle size is only used for Garter Rib Inside Out.
Small Cowl: 75 g / 300 yd / 275 m
Medium Cowl: 100 g / 400 yd / 366 m
Large Cowl: 125 g / 500 yd / 457 m
Recommended Needle Sizes
3.75 mm (US size 5) & 4.5 mm (US size 7) – or sizes needed to obtain gauge – circular needles
Small Cowl: 115 g / 200 yd / 182 m
Medium Cowl: 165 g / 287 yd / 262 m
Large Cowl: 215 g / 375 yd / 345 m
For my sample, Hand Dyed Diva Homegrown DK (100% SW Shaniko; 250 yds / 228 m, 115 g) in Apothecary & Madeline Tosh Vintage (100% SW Merino; 200 yds / 182 m, 115 g) in OOAK 35.
Recommended Needle Sizes
5.5 mm (US size 9) & 6.5 mm (US size 10.5) – or sizes needed to obtain gauge – circular needles
This design was created as a collaboration with Hand Dyed Diva. If you have the means, I highly recommend checking out their amazing colorway options! Find color recommendations and alternate yarn suggestions here.
Progress keeper, optional
Stitch marker, optional
Since you get to choose which stitches you use, you get to also choose which techniques you use. The In a Mood Cowl includes simple increases, knits, purls, dropping stitches, yarn overs, and SK2P. If you decide to try a technique and don’t love it, you can just skip that stitch motif in your shawl!
All of my patterns include clear, step-by-step instructions and linked video technique tutorials that walk you through the pattern with confidence. I am also available for pattern support if you have questions.
I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of my test knitters and my tech editor for this pattern, Joanna Fromstein or Precision Tech Editing.
Please do not copy, share, or distribute this pattern, as this pattern design is property of Snickerdoodle Knits. You are welcome to sell the knits that you make using this pattern, but I do ask that you provide credit to Snickerdoodle Knits for the pattern and that you link my pattern on Ravelry when you are selling online. Thank you so much for understanding and for your support!
I am happy to help with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding the pattern. My contact information is included in the pattern.
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