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Mindfulness Cowl

This is a very simple pattern, made with Malabrigo Sock Yarn (100% Merino Wool, 4 ply, 402 metres, colorway: Pocion). The yarn itself is variegated and has a very beautiful foresty, ferny, mossy feel to it, so I wanted to keep the knitting very simple, to enjoy the very soft texture of the yarn, with the variegated colors really showing up with plain knitting. I called it the Mindfulness Cowl - as I was knitting it was mesmerising to watch these colours unfold, like they were telling their own story, and I was very much in the empty space of no thoughts other than simply observing this process at a very atomic level! 

Since the borders are moss stitch, one side is mostly plain stockinette, and the other side reverse stockinette, when you wear the cowl doubled up, all the three stitch patterns show up in visually interesting ways. This is the type of knitting where a very expensive, lovely, luxury yarn is knitted up very simply, to a very understated but effective visual effect - less is more! 



Notions and Notes: 

Circular knitting needles, 3.5 mm, 24 inches. 

1 marker 

K: Knit

P: Purl


Cast On 260 stitches.

Taking care not to twist your work, join to knit in the round. Put the marker at the beginning of a round - this is the only place you need to mark. 

The first few rounds are with moss stitch. 

Round 1: *K1,  P1, continue from * to end of round. 

Round 2: Repeat round 1. 

Round 3: *P1, K1, continue from * to end of round. 

Round 4: Repeat round 3. 

Repeat rounds 1-4 four more times, till you have 20 rows of knitting. You will have a nice thick moss stitch border. 

From now on, knit the main body of the cowl in plain stockinette stitch, knitting every round, till you almost finish the skein of yarn, leaving enough for 20 more rows.

Repeat Rounds 1 - 20 again. 

Weave in ends, wash and block, wear, enjoy! 


  1. Love the cowl. Can you do this knit as a scarf/shawl? Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, of course - but I would cast on lengthwise, not widthwise - maybe I will work out a shawl/scarf pattern!


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