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The Yarniad

Cruces Cowl - Knit Pattern

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From "The Yarniad", the Cruces (Latin for crosses) Cowl is a thick and cozy cowl with a very simple stranded colorwork pattern that fades into solid bands of Stockinette stitch. The cowl is knit in the round from end to end and twisted before the two ends are joined. This pattern is a wonderful way to practice stranded colorwork and creates a beautiful finished piece that looks more complicated than it is!

Professionally printed pattern. Comes with Ravelry download code.


  • Designed by: The Yarniad
  • Size: One size
  • Finished Measurements: 9" wide x 32" circumference [23cm x 81.5cm]
  • Yarn: 250yds/230m each of two colors of DK weight yarn
  • Total Yardage: 500yds/460m
  • Needles: US size 4 [3.5mm] needles preferred for working a small circumference in the round (e.g. 16” [40cm] long circular, double pointed needles, circular long enough for Magic Loop, etc.), or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Gauge: 22 sts x 30 rows = 4” [10cm] in Stockinette st; 25 sts x 28 rows = 4” [10cm] in stranded colorwork pattern. Meeting these exact gauges is not crucial, but any major differences will affect the size of the finished cowl as well as yardage required.
  • Notes: Adventurous beginner. Pattern includes detailed written instructions, photographs, cable chart, and technique tutorial.