Behind the Green Door Cowl knitting pattern
I designed the Behind The Green Door Cowl when messing around with stitch patterns while knitting a swatch for a larger item, I found I had pretty much made a short loop cowl. Once I got started, I couldn’t stop myself, DK, Aran, Bulky and Super Bulky versions soon followed.
Size is customizable in both Width and Length:
Short Loop: 22-26 inches (66cm) circumference – adjustable
Medium Loop: 46-50 inches (66cm) circumference – adjustable
Long Loop: 60-66 inches (66cm) circumference – adjustable
6,5mm for chunky/bulky yarn
5.5mm for Aran yarn
4mm for DK yarn
4mm for 4ply / fingering yarn
10mm for super bulky/chunky yarn
Suggested needle sizes for various weights of yarn are included but you should select a needle size that gives you the drape and finished fabric that you want, not what the ball band says.
Short Loop: 22-26 inches – or desired length
Medium Loop: 43-48 inches – or desired length
Long Loop: 54-66 inches – or desired length
About the Behind the Green Door cowl pattern
The cowl is knitted sideways, starting with a provisional cast on or you can just use a standard longtail or other preferred cast on. The Behind the Green Door cowl is joined later either by Kitchener Stitch graft or a Three Needle Bind off/Cast off on the inside of the cowl.
You should be able to stash bust (or treat yourself if you prefer) and knock up some great gifts either for yourself or someone knitworthy.
The cowl pattern has options for a short loop, medium loop and long loop versions and includes suggested stitch counts for a variety of weights of yarns from 4ply/fingering up to super bulky.
There are two stitch patterns to choose from, you can use just one or both if you like. They are both reversible. The pattern is charted and also has written instructions for those who don’t like charts 🙂
Cast on, Knit, Purl, Increase, Decrease, K2tog, SSK, YO (yarn over needle), three needle bind off/cast off or Kitchener stitch join, Slip stitches, reading charts or written instructions.
Needle sizes appropriate for your chosen yarn and preferred method of knitting.
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
Tension or gauge isn’t hugely important to the piece, it’s more important that you like the drape and feel of your fabric. It needs to feel like a soft, smooshy cowl, not a neck brace. Swatch a few rows in your preferred yarn and needle combination to ensure that you like the fabric created. Next determine your stitches per four in/10cm and choose your cast on number based on the table on PAGE 3 of the pdf pattern.
Desired Length of Cowl:
Short cowls (once around neck) 22-26 inches
Medium cowls (twice around neck or worn long) 43-48 inches
Long cowls (three wraps) 66-72 inches
You can also buy this pattern on Ravelry.com or our Payhip store.
Cowls are a great way to learn a new stitch pattern, play around with drape by using a larger needle than suggested and also to experiment with colour. You can also bust that stash by making a double or triple wrap loop.