Belhaven Cowl

The Belhaven cowl is a fast and meditative knit for fans of brioche knitting. Simple enough to help you master the brioche stitch, satisfying enough to keep you knitting.

The Belhaven Cowl pattern is written for two lengths, single or double loop and two weights, fingering and DK. Choose to knit it in fingering for a light, airy cowl, or DK for a slightly heavier, cosier option. Loosely knit brioche makes for a snuggly, warm fabric in either yarn weight. Instructions are giving to achieve the length shown and of course you could experiment with longer or shorter versions — just be sure to swatch and check yardage.

As the majority of the cowl is worked in brioche knit flat, this is a soothingly repetitive project that would be perfect for someone getting to grips with brioche stitch for the first time. This knitted cowl pattern is an invitation to learn new techniques too. The cowl begins and ends with a stockinette tube that is twisted before the ends are grafted together. The twist makes the cowl easy to wear, toss it on quickly and know that it will always be draped stylishly.


Skills for knitting this project

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Fingering weight version
16 sts and 46 rows = 4” / 10cm in brioche st on larger needle.
DK version
15 sts and 42 rows = 4” / 10cm in brioche st on larger needle.


Belhaven Cowl is written for one size in 2 yarn weights fingering and DK. The length is easily adjustable by making the brioche section longer or shorter, this will affect yardages given.

Total circumference: 58” / 1.45m. Brioche rib section approx 14½” / 36.25cm wide. St st section approx 6½” / 16cm wide.



Fingering weight
820 yds / 750m
Shown in Weku Enjoli Merino/Nylon Sock (75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 425m, 100g) in Enjoli
DK weight
710 yds / 650m
Shown in Woollen Twine BFL / Masham DK (75% BLF, 25% Masham, 262 yds / 240m, 100g) in mountain rose.

Needles and notions

Fingering weight version
US 6 / 4mm 16” / 40cm circular.
US 7 / 4.5mm straights or circular for working back and forth in rows.
DK version
US 7 / 4.5mm 16” / 40cm circular.
US 8 / 5mm straights or circular for working back and forth in rows.

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