The Verderer's Cowl by William Nelson

The Verderer's Cowl

Discontinued. This digital pattern is no longer available online.

Vibrant greens bleed to orange in this rustic, lacy cowl inspired by the ever changing foliage of Britain’s woodlands. Three sizes are included; a small collar, a standard length cowl and a long version which can be wrapped around the neck up to three times.

’Verderer’ is an ancient seat of office in British estates that survives to this day. Part of an ancient judicial hierarchy, verderers were responsible for investigating offences and administering law in the vast woodlands which once covered the British Isles.


  • Jamieson’s Spindrift, 1 (1, 2) 25g balls each in shades 1190 Burnt Umber and 998 Autumn.
  • Jamieson & Smith 2 ply jumper weight, 1 (1, 2) 25g balls each in shades FC38 and FC12.
  • 3.25mm circular needle, at least 80cm/31” long.
  • Stitch marker.

You can make both a small and large size from 2 balls in each colour, as the large size uses just over 1 ball in each.


  • Length - small 65cm/25”, medium 120cm/47”, large 200cm/78”.
  • Width - all sizes are 22cm/8.5”


One pattern repeat of 9sts and 8 rows to 5cm by 3.5cm on 3.25mm needles after blocking.