COMPLEAT cowl by Olga Buraya-Kefelian


October 2023
DK (11 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Compleat St pattern worked in the round, measured once dry after washing and blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
4.0 mm (G)
380 - 640 yards (347 - 585 m)
Circumference - Small (Large); Height - Short (Tall)
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If YABANE scarf or YABANE cowl have intrigued you about 3D knitwear, this next adventure in origami knitting is captivating yet easy to knit! Angular lines and textures are alternated for shaping to create pleated sections, which if worked continuously will result in a spiral look, and if alternated will produce a twisted look! As either of the versions are washed and blocked, both will fold completely flat, just like a piece of paper. But one that you can style and wear with ease!

Watch video reel of COMPLEAT cowl here


Small (Large)
Short (Tall)

Pink cowl shown in size Small and Tall featuring Opposing Twist Pleats

Seafoam cowl shown in size Large and Short featuring Spiraling Twist Pleats

Circumference (open) approx. 37 (46)” / 94 (117) cm
Height (open) approx. 11½ (15½)” / 29 (39.5) cm

Wooldreamers “Mota” (100% wool) 252 yds / 230 m per 100g / 3.53 oz;
Small Tall cowl shown in color 207G (pink) 3 skeins
Large Short cowl shown in color 719 (seafoam) 3 skeins

OR use 380 (480) yds / 347 (438) m for Short Cowl or 515 (640) yds / 470 (585) m for Tall Cowl of any other non-superwash wool yarn in heavy DK or light worsted weight

US 6 (4 mm) circular, 24-32” / 61-81 cm
OR use size to obtain gauge

Crochet hook size G/6 (4 mm)
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle
Wonder clips (for blocking, optional)
Cable needle (CN) (optional)

Small size cowl forms an octagon (8 pattern repeats) while large size forms a decagon (10 pattern repeats).
You have an option to work either opposing twist or spiraling twist patterns. Both patterns will create pleats, but the overall look will be different once the fabric is open.

Short size has 3 pattern repeats while Tall has 4 pattern repeats. However if you wish you can work more or fewer, combining or alternating them. Please account for additional yarn.

When pleated, the fabric resembles a stack of rings. The best way to join yarn skeins is by spit-splicing them.

19 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Compleat St pattern worked in the round, measured once dry after washing and blocking