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Fómhar Cowl

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Fómhar (‘fore’, or ‘fo-wer’, the Irish for autumn or harvest), is a cowl, worked in the round, and featuring a stranded colourwork motif. The pattern begins with a garter stitch border, before introducing a simple stranded colourwork motif, inspired by the abundance of berries and fallen leaves during autumn. Finished with a ribbed neck, the pattern makes the perfect accessory for the cooling autumn weather.


One Size


Top Circumference: 23.5” / 59.5 cm 

Bottom Circumference: 29” / 73.5 cm 

Depth: 13” / 33 cm


Worsted weight yarn in the following quantities: 

MC: 218 yds / 200 m; CC1: 90 yds / 83 m; CC2: 85 yds / 78 m.

The sample is shown in Stolen Stitches ‘Nua Worsted’ (60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Linen; 109 yds / 100 m per 1.76 oz / 50 g):


MC: Sea Veggies (9902); 2 skeins 

CC1: Bare Necessities (9914); 1 skein 

CC2: Cerebellum (9906); 1 skein 


US size 6 / 4 mm circular needle, 24”/ 60 cm long 

US size 8 / 5 mm circular needle, 24”/ 60 cm long 

Always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed, as every knitter’s gauge is unique. 

Removable markers, tapestry needle


20.5 sts and 32 rnds = 4”/ 10 cm in Garter St blocked using small needle size 

20.5 sts and 32 rnds = 4”/ 10 cm in Ribbing blocked using small needle size 

20.5 sts and 23 rnds = 4”/ 10 cm in stranded colourwork blocked using large needle size.

This pattern was originally published as part of the Stolen Stitches Seasons Club, Autumn 2022. For more information visit the following link:

Photos by J Feller & E Earley.

This purchase is for a digital knitting pattern, with instructions to make your own version of the pictured hand knit cowl.

You will get a PDF (6MB) file