Briar Hill Cowl by Luise O'Neill

Briar Hill Cowl

November 2009
28 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
107 - 145 yards (98 - 133 m)
3 sizes: see notes
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Simply by varying the wool and needle sizes, you can create this elegant neck-warmer in 3 different sizes. Whether a snug fit, a slightly looser fit which can also create a fold-down collar or wider cowl that allows a fold-over front, this cowl is all that and more!

Cowl may be worn with Butterfly Tip edge or Twin Half-Leaf edge up for two very different looks. Turning the cowl inside out and folding the edge down provides an elegant collared effect. As a bonus, the non-public side of the cowl presents a lovely face as well.

The 3 yarns and needle sizes listed are the 3 options included in the pattern to provide the 3 different sized cowls.

Stitch patterns are both charted and written.

Sizes A, B and C:
A) 16” 41cm,
B) 19.5” 50cm,
C) 25.5” 65cm

A) 5.5” 14cm,
B) 6.5” 17cm,
C) 8.5” 22cm

Version A) 107yds / 98m Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash; 1.75oz /136 yds 50g/ 124m; in Aster: 536.
Version B) 101yds / 92m Patons Classic Wool; 3.5 oz / 223 yds 100g / 204m; “Grey Mix”.
Version C) 145yds / 132m Briggs & Little Heritage; 215 yds 196m; “Dark Green”; Amt. Required:

16” 40cm circular or 4 double pointed
A) 3mm CA/UK 11, US 2.5
B) 3.75mm CA/UK 9, US 5
C) 5.5mm CA/UK5, US 9

Gauge: in stockinette over 4” /10cm
A) 28 sts
B) 21 sts
C) 17 sts


  • Stitch marker, large-eyed needle for weaving in ends


  • knit in the round


  • knit, k2tog, make 1, purl, yo, ssk

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