Plumed Cowl


The stitch pattern on this cowl reminds me of feathers (plumage) and of a trail of smoke billowing up from a chimney or campfire (plume). The Plumed Cowl pattern is suitable for someone who is comfortable with knitting in the round and has done some lace. Uncommon stitches, k4tog and ssssk, are introduced. However, I give easy ways to do both stitches that even a relative beginning knitter can master quickly. 

This pattern makes a cowl/snood/shoulder warmer. To achieve all three functions, there is a lot of negative ease (about 20-30%) and size flexibility when used as a shoulder warmer. You can make a cowl of any size by adjusting various pattern and yarn elements. I give guidelines to adjust size within the pattern. 

Difficulty Moderate
Start date 2019-05-24
Due date 2019-05-24
Craft Knitting
Test secrecy Teasable
Pattern source (brand and/or designer) MagdaMakes
Spots available 8
Gauge 18 stitches x 24 rounds per 10 cm (4”) 9 cm (3 ½”) per pattern repeat by 10 cm (4”) per 24 rounds, in pattern, after relaxed blocking. Ensure that one repeat can stretch to 5 ½” in width.
Charted or written pattern Charted
Sizes required Small, medium, large, extra-large.
Skills required

If you do not know how to do something, you can learn while working on this project. Instructions and tutorials are available:

  • two needle slip stitch cast-on
  • knit/purl/yarn over
  • working in the round
  • special stitches: k4tog, ssssk 
  • stretchy bind-off 

Tutorials and very easy ways of doing the more complex stitches are included.  

Finished measurements

Sizes are small, medium, large, extra-large.

Circumference: 80, (89, 98, 107cm (31½” (35”, 38 ½”, 42”)), height is 47 cm (18 ½”) deep.

To fit bust 80-94 (88-104, 96-114, 106-122) cm (30”-36” (34”-40”, 38”-44”, 42”-48”)).

Construction type Knit in the round
Required or recommended yarn Cascade Highland Duo (70% Baby Alpaca/30% Merino; 180 m/197 y per 100 g); 3 skeins. Or any aran weight yarn with a fair amount of elasticity.
Tools required
  • 5.5 mm (US size 9) needles, circular 60 cm (24”) or whatever needles give you gauge
  • Stitch markers (1) OR one per repeat (9-11) (optional) with one unique one for end of round.
  • Yarn needle, scissors


Ownership of the finished item
Requirements from the tester
  • Cowl finished, photographed and project posted on Ravelry with details filled in by the final deadline
  • Test knitter questionnaire completed by the final deadline.
  • Regular (weekly) check-ins.
  • Permission to share photos, comments made in project page and in the questionnaire in the following: the pattern itself, pattern page, on Social Media and in marketing materials.
  • Please read the pattern carefully and report any errors, anything confusing, any improvements you would like to see or anything that is missing. Follow the pattern exactly as written.
  • Do not make any alterations (except needle size to get gauge), unless you have cleared it with me beforehand. I am fairly flexible with this pattern, just ask!
  • Please assume that if you are having trouble (wrong stitch count, etc.) that it is the pattern, not you. Ask me about it. While the pattern has been carefully edited by me and two tech editors, please let me know if you see any of the following: typos, incorrect stitch counts, incorrect numbering/symbols/instructions, incorrect punctuation or grammar, incorrect or inconsistent abbreviations, or instructions, etc., or if anything is unclear or could be stated better.
Rewards from the designer
  • My heartfelt appreciation.
  • Your name and photos of your project featured on some or all of the following: pattern page, website, blog, FB group, Pinterest, social media and newsletter.
  • Final copy of this pattern in your Ravelry library.
  • A copy of any other of my independently published patterns.
  • A copy of this pattern gifted to a friend.

The designer has created the following milestones, in order to keep track of progress during the test knit. By marking off each milestone as you complete it, you can easily keep the designer up to date with your progress.

2019-02-10: Create project page, choose yarn and cast on
2019-02-22: Finish knitting cowl
2019-03-25: Complete pattern page, questionnaire and photos.



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