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Kato Cowl

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The Kato Cowl was inspired by the element of water, flowing and overlapping, in a gentle current. It features two colourwork motifs, starting with a more challenging motif that requires extra attention to stitch counts, but once you’ve got the main row set up, it’s easy to follow. The second motif, is geometric in structure, making it more intuitive to knit. Both colourwork motifs are a lot of fun to knit and provide their own special sense of satisfaction.

This cowl starts with the Provisional Cast-On, knit in the round as a tubular cowl, then seamed together using the Kitchener Stitch. This results in a plush, squishy cowl, to the layers formed by the colourwork floats in the inside. And there is no WS to this piece! Use your favourite three colour combination to knit up this eye-catching cowl during the colder seasons. Available in two lengths, depending on how you like to wear your cowls around your neck.

Note about the LVA version. This version includes:

  • All black text
  • Sans serif font
  • No italics
  • All directions fully written out (no charts)
  • 24 point font size


  • 3-ply DK/ 6-ply weight
  • West Wool Tandem (90% Falkland Merino,10% Texel; 250 yds./230 m; 100 g)

For Size 1:
  • 2 skeins in Dutch Sky (MC) (300 yds./275 m)
  • 1 skein in Norway (CC1) (185 yds./170 m)
  • 1 skein in Glow (CC2) (75 yds./70 m)

For Size 2: 
  • 2 skeins in Dutch Sky (MC) (465 yds./425 m)
  • 2 skeins in True Blue (CC1) (355 yds./320 m)
  • 1 skein in Copenhagen (CC2) (105 yds./95 m)
  • US 5/3.75 mm and US 6/4 mm size or size needed to obtain gauge, 16 in./40 cm circular needle
  • Two needle sizes are required if your gauge varies between the colorwork and stockinette sections.

  • 25 sts and 25 rnds = 4 in./10 cm in St. st with larger needle size and after blocking

  • Stitch markers
  • Waste yarn or stitch holders
  • F-5 Crochet hook
  • Darning/tapestry needle

  • Size 1: Width (flat) 9 in./23 cm; circumference (after seaming): 36 in./91.5 cm
  • Size 2: Width (flat) 9 in./23 cm; circumference (after seaming): 52.5 in./133 cm

  • Provisional Cast-On
  • Knitting in the Round
  • Stranded Knitting
  • Kitchener Stitch
Printed and mobile versions are charts only. LVA version has all written out directions.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (389KB)
  • PDF (760KB)
  • PDF (624KB)
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