Tangled Cowl by Claire Walls

Tangled Cowl

September 2023
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Colourwork chart
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
380 - 395 yards (347 - 361 m)
One size
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Say hello to the Tangled Cowl, a pattern inspired by the desire to simplify steeking for beginners! My lovely friend Rachel from Tangled Yarn inspired this pattern when she asked me to write an article for her blog to make steeking more accessible to those new to the technique. As I researched for the post, I noticed a lack of quick and easy steeking projects for beginners, and so I decided to fill that gap with the Tangled Cowl!

This cowl starts with the colourwork, which, thanks to the steek, transforms into a flat piece. Afterwards, stitches are picked up around the edges, and a half-twisted rib is worked in the round. With tidy corner increases, it results in a neat and cosy collar-like accessory that pairs perfectly with sweaters and coats as we transition into autumn. Think of it as a versatile cowl-cosy collar! You can choose to add buttonholes for secure closure, or simply fasten it with your favourite shawl pin or brooch. Get ready to learn new skills and have a beautiful finished object in no time!

Happy knitting! Claire x


De Rerum Natura Ulysse; Sport weight: 202 yards/185 meters per 50g in colourway Lagon (MC) and Plume (CC).

Approx 180 yards/165 meters for MC
Approx 200 yards/185 meters for CC


Needle A (for colourwork): I am using 4 mm/6 US with a 32” / 80 cm cable.
Needle B (ribbing): I am using 3.5 mm/ 60” / 152 cm cable.


One size

Length (adjustable): 34” / 86.25 cm
Width (adjustable): 9” / 22.75 cm

Both the length and width can be easily adjusted and there are instructions for how to do so in the pattern, just be aware that if you decide to increase either you may need more yarn than listed above.


24 sts by 30 rows over 4”/10 cm in colourwork chart and after blocking.
24 sts by 32 rows over 4”/10 cm in Half-Twisted Rib and after blocking.


Tapestry needle, 6 x 15mm buttons (if working buttonholes), 3.5mm crochet hook, yarn for reinforcing steek, 3 regular stitch markers, 6 removable markers and one unique marker for BOR.