Pattern of the Week: Helen Cowl

I try really hard not to be color biased in my selection of knitting patterns, but I think we all have certain colors that we just can’t resist. Rust orange and teal is one of my all-time favorite color combinations, so when I first flipped through the “Oxidized” story in knitscene Fall 2018 and saw Rachel Brockman’s gorgeous Helen Cowl, it went straight to the top of my queue!

Not only is the cowl calling my name in terms of colors, but I also love the fact that the colorwork is all accomplished with slipped stitches. That means you only have to work one color per round! Slip-stitch knitting is an extremely versatile technique that can be used to create all kinds of colorwork and textural effects, including gorgeous geometric colorwork.

In the Helen Cowl, you start and end with striped mistake rib to create plush edging that stands up against the face for maximum warmth and style. In between is a simple 4-stitch repeat pattern that you’ll be following from memory in no time. Finishing is a snap; just weave in two ends of each color (the project uses just one skein of each color) and block to let that colorwork shine!

The small circumference of this cowl makes it an ultra-quick knit, and the medium-weight wool , Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted, gives it full-bodied drape and lots of warmth to withstand the chill of fall. Start your own functional, beautiful Helen Cowl today!


Helen Cowl

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Rachel Brockman

DIFFICULTY Easy

FINISHED SIZE 27¾” circumference and 
14¾” tall.

YARN Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted
(100% wool; 220 yd [200 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #12176 teal viper (A) and #12505 rust heather (B), 1 skein each.

NEEDLES Sizes 7 (4.5 mm) and 8 (5 mm): 24″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Marker (m); tapestry needle.

GAUGE 23 sts and 44 rnds = 4″ in charted patt on larger needle.


Slip into fall knitting with the slip-stitch Helen Cowl!

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