Posted by: spinnyknitter | September 3, 2012

Magpie Cowl

I’ve been designing shawls all spring and into the summer but I really wanted to try some other accessories for fall.  I am working on an ebook of 5 small accessories that I’m pretty excited about.  More about that later in the month, but for now, here is a look at my newest pattern, a cosy cowl to wear for the fall, my Magpie Cowl

The yarn I have used is Sweet Fiber Sweet Merino Lite in the colorway Ina’s Red.  This red is full of complex shades and is perfect for showcasing the small textured lace pattern that makes up the cowl.  As usual, another stunning colorway from Sweet Fiber.  Melissa advises that her Cashmerino Sock would also be perfect with this pattern.

You could also use any fingering/heavy fingering weight yarn from your stash.   The quick construction is really just a rectangle so the proportions could be easily changed to suit your taste.  Make it longer, shorter, wider, narrower, knitter’s choice.

The easy lace pattern is quick to memorize and I found it quite intuitive to work.  (It’s reversible too, the wrong side of the pattern is slightly different but I think, equally nice.)

Here’s a close up of the pretty stitch pattern.

Be patient and go slowly while learning the pattern stitch.  You will pick up speed as your hands learn the rhythm of the stitches.  Soon this will be flying off the needles without even glancing at the pattern.

Lot’s of options for wearing it too.  Wear it with the buttons in front, on the side, in the back, all buttoned up, or unbuttoned.  I had fun playing with it.

The holes in the lace become the buttonholes wherever you decide to place your buttons.  A simple and satisfying project.

Magpie Cowl for sale on Ravelry today.



  1. very pretty and I love the red!

    • Thanks, Pam 🙂

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