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The 30 Rising Suns is a cowl, but it looks like a shawl when worn. It will not fall off your shoulders the way a shawl does, so you don’t have to keep fussing with it or use a shawl pin to keep it on.

The 30 Rising Suns Cowl is worked flat from the bottom up. The cowl begins with a few stitches that give the tip a gentle curve. Two stitches are added on every right side row. Once the cowl width is reached, you’ll have a choice to continue working flat and seaming the back neck edge or finishing the cowl in the round.

The last segment features a few repeats of a garter-striped pattern that adds an interesting texture and clean lines. Finishing the cowl is quick and easy with a slim 2-stitch i-cord bind-off.

Although the finished circumference is 20” / 51 cm, the neck edge will comfortably stretch to 24” / 61 cm. This stretch helps the cowl maintain a classy yet fuss free look.

The 30 Rising Suns Cowl would look great worked in more than one color, or in gradients by changing colors at the garter-striped sections.


Sizes available: 20” / 51 cm circumference, easily stretches to 24” / 61 cm; Depth to tip 17” / 43 cm; measurements taken after blocking.

Yarn weight: DK
Yardage:  153.5 - 188 yds / 140.5 - 171.5 m; sample uses 170 yds / 155.5 m; swatch uses additional 9 yds / 8.5 m if not used as part of the cowl.

Suggested Yarn:
 Into the Whirled Dresden DK (100% Superwash Merino; 230 yds / 210 m per skein); sample uses 1 skein Jump The Shark.

Yarn Substitution:  Although any DK weight can be used, indie dyed yarns tend to be heavier than commercial weight yarns. Tonal, solid, speckled, or gradient work best. Swatch for gauge to be sure you’ll get the size and drape you want.

Needles:  US #7 / 4.5 mm is recommended or size to obtain gauge. 20” / 51 cm circular needle.

Gauge:  18 sts x 28 rows / rnds = 4” / 10 cm worked flat or in the round in main st pattern (and lightly blocked); 15.5 sts x 29 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette st (and blocked). A different gauge will affect drape, yardage required and size. Triangle tip of cowl doubles as your swatch. See Swatch instructions.

Notions Required:  Tapestry needle, unique BOR stitch marker (optional), up to 9 stitch markers, scrap yarn for blocking.

Skills Needed: Seaming (if working entire cowl flat), cdd, k2tog, k2tog tbl, p2tog, ssk. Instructions and video link provided for two-stitch i-cord bind-off.


  • Written instructions
  • Chart (optional)
  • Schematic
  • Instructions for swatching
  • All my patterns are tech edited and test knit to ensure accuracy and clear instructions.
30 Rising Suns Cowl was created in March 2020. A lot happened then. March is when Connecticut, my state, took serious note of COVID-19. Soon we were all in lockdown. Waiting for 30 days. Wear your mask. 30 days. Socially distance from everyone. 30 days. Stay home from work. 30 days. 30 days. Let’s do this to protect each other. Then 30 more days. It’s now August. We have been working together to keep COVID-19 from spreading - 30 days at a time - and it’s working.

30 is the average number of days in a month. In numerology, 30 signifies optimism and unlimited creative energy. I fell over when I read that online. How appropriate! We need optimism and creativity to get us through this worldwide risk - 30 days at a time.

I chose the name 30 Rising Suns Cowl for a couple of reasons. The design between the lace repeats looks like a sunrise due to the reddish yarn the sample was knit with. I love sunrises and sunny days. I’m one of those people who needs the sun to be happy. Also, if you count them, there are 30 rising suns in this cowl. 30 Rising Suns Cowl is a physical reminder of the creative energy that we can tap into - our own and the sun’s. From this positive energy we can bolster the optimism we need to wait those 30 days and more.

30 Rising Suns Cowl is a unisex design with lots of texture that only requires one skein of DK yarn. Simple lace and stripes of garter stitch make this cowl a quick and enjoyable knit. Although it starts off flat, you’ll have the choice to finish it in the round or flat with a seamed neck edge.

This pattern is a copyright of Brenda Schack of BrenJS Knits. Credit must be given to BrenJS Knits when selling items made from this pattern. Pattern and photos can not be used for resale purposes. Please share your work on Instagram with the hashtag #30RisingSunsCowl and #BrenJSKnits so that I can admire your knitting!
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