Irresistible Reversible Knits: One Cowl, Two Ways

Reversible knitting is super cool, and you don’t even have to use double knitting to get a reversible knit. The Equilibrium Cowl by Carolyn Kern is one of these patterns. As I looked through pictures of the project, I was trying to figure out how double knitting was possible, since each side has a different pattern, not just reversed colors. Turns out it’s not double knitting at all!

reversible knitting

The way that the reversible effect is achieved is by knitting the entire thing in one long tube. Half of it is knit in one stranded knitting pattern, and the other half is the other pattern. Then you just fold it in half and you have reversible tube! Pretty cool and simple, if you ask me. And since it’s double layered, it’s double the warmth.


reversible knitting

The yarn for this project is a super soft 100% undyed baby alpaca from Cascade. Since it only calls for one skein of each color, it’s very affordable. Bonus: you don’t even need to leave your house to get this yarn, because we have it in stock! Get the kit now and get started on your Equilibrium Cowl!

reversible knitting


A tube is worked in Fair Isle—first, a small herringbone pattern, then, at the midpoint, a larger-scale chevron. The Tube is folded inward and sewn down—easy!

Finished Size: 25¼” circumference and 6½” tall

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Eco Alpaca (100% undyed baby alpaca; 220 yd [201 m]/100 g): #1520 black (MC), 1 skein, #1510 natural (CC), 1 skein

Yarn Weight: #3 – Light

Needles: Size 8 (5 mm): 16″ circular (cir) needle

Notions: Marker (m), Yarn needle

Gauge: 19 sts and 23 rnds = 4″ in charted patt

Originally Published: knitscene Accessories 2012.

Happy reversible knitting,

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