Cowl (Cowl and Howl Set) by Diana Rupp

Cowl (Cowl and Howl Set)

September 2004
Aran (8 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch on smaller needles
US 11 - 8.0 mm
US 15 - 10.0 mm
950 - 1330 yards (869 - 1216 m)
Finished bust: 30½ (32½, 34½, 37½)"
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Pattern description from Stitch ‘n Bitch: “I designed this fitted cowl-neck sweater about five years ago, because I wanted to get away from those big, boxy styles that weren’t doing anybody any favors (if you know what I mean). A cowl neck was a must (I grew up in the ’70s and find myself happily stuck in that decade). I was also determined to make the pattern easy enough so that even a beginner could knit it without having a nervous breakdown. The matching dog sweater, ‘Howl,’ came later, but it makes sense: A girls best friend deserves to be fashionable too.”


  • Small (Medium, Large, Extra-Large)
  • Finished bust: 30½ (32½, 34½, 37½)“
  • Finished Length 23½ (24, 24½, 25)“

Skills: Cast on, knit, knit in the round, increase, decrease, bind off, pick up stitches


  • Brown Sheep Company Lamb’s Pride Worsted (85% wool/15% mohair; 4 oz/190yds), 5 (6, 6, 7) skeins #M180 Ruby Red
  • US 11 (8mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 11 (8mm) double-pointed needles (set of 5)
  • US 15 (10mm) double-pointed needles (set of 5)

Note about Gauge: Sweater is worked in a loose gauge, so it is very stretchy.

Note: Even though you’re working in garter st, you’ll want to choose a right side/wrong side so all your increases and decreases are worked on the same side.

Pattern on pages 212-214.

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