Urth Yarn

Mokum Cowl - Knit Kit

Mokum is a yiddish word that means “place” or “safe haven”. The rhythmic geometric motifs of this cowl are pulled from patterns found around the city of Amsterdam, from the canals to the lively walls of Amsterdam Centraal.

Mokum is knit in the round from the bottom up, beginning with a crochet provisional cast-on. A folded hem is created with the cast on stitches, then the cowl continues in charted colorwork. For a top edge that mirrors the folded hem, stitches are picked up on the wrong side of the work and kitchener stitch is used to graft the two rows together, binding off all stitches.

This cowl is knit in Urth Yarn’s Harvest Worsted, a delightful yarn dyed using natural ingredients, including roots, fruits, and nuts on a base of wonderfully squishy, 100% extrafine, superwash merino wool base.

Knit kit includes:

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  • Designed by: Mieka John
  • Size: One size
  • Finished measurements: 11.25" x 12.5" [28.5cm x 29cm]
  • Yarn: Harvest Worsted (details below)
  • Total yardage: 328-383yds [300-350m]
  • Needles: US size 7 [4.5mm] 24" [60cm] circular
  • Gauge: 22 sts x 27 rows = 4" [10cm]


2 skeins Urth Yarns Harvest Worsted (3.5/100g [approx 225yd/200m], 100% wool, worsted weight yarn), 1 skein Fig (MC), 1 skein Thuja (CC)