Colourwork cowl

The Mulben cowl, is a perfect pattern to progress your stranded colourwork technique. Ideal as a gift to yourself or a friend, keep your neck toasty and never worry about losing your scarf again!

Mulben is designed to give you lots of practice with stranded colourwork on a project where your tension doesn't need to be perfectly even and gauge isn't critical. The overall effect is complex, but stitch patterns are only 4 stitches wide throughout, with no long floats to worry about (we've charted 4 repeats so you can more easily see how the pattern repeats work together).

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The cowl is a simple tube, tapered slightly so that it flares around the shoulders and hugs the neck. This shaping is achieved by simply changing to a smaller needle size; there’s no increasing or decreasing to worry about combining with the colourwork. A cowl is also the ideal circumference to practice your stranded colourwork tension on: working on one circular needle means there are no “ladders” to worry about at the gaps between needles, and the rounds are long enough to find rhythm and a more relaxed style.


Skills for knitting this project

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One size available.

Length: 15 1/2” / 40cm,
bottom circumference: 28” / 70cm,
top circumference: 26” / 65cm



Heavy fingering / sport weight wool yarn.
Shown in Rauma Finull PT2 (100% Norwegian wool, 191 yds / 175m, 1.76oz / 50g).
3 colour version
Main colour approx: 285 yds / 260m.
Contrast colours approx: 100 yds / 90m each.
8 colour version
Total yarn: 450 yds / 410m.
Main colour approx: 135 yds / 125m.
Contrast colours approx: 20–80 yds / 20–75m each.
The total yarn needed for the contrast colours on the 8 colour version are approximate and will vary depending on how you decide to arrange your colours.

Needles and notions

The needle size that works best for your yarn will depend on your individual tension. The recommended needle size for the yarn is a good starting point.

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