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Oakleaf Cowl

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What better way to celebrate autumn than with a cosy, colourwork cowl bursting with autumnal colour? I have combined traditional Fair Isle motifs with cute acorns and oak leaves on a soft grey background and added braided detail and coloured corrugated rib for extra interest. Gloriously sticky Shetland wool is just perfect for stranded colourwork and the double thickness created by the floats at the back of the work makes for a super warm, cosy fabric.

Skill Level

Skills needed

  • knit, purl, knitting in the round
  • Following written pattern recipe - inserting stitch patterns where indicated following colourwork charts (written instructions included in large print version
  • Stranded colourwork - using two colours in one row
Finished Dimensions

31sts x 34rows = 10cm/4” over colourwork, after blocking.

Yarn Requirements
Pattern Sample knit with Gathered Sheep Yarns Shetland 4ply (219m/240yds per 55g/1.94oz skein)
MC – Dove 100m/109yds
CC1 – Tranquil 52m/57yds
CC2 – Earth 35m/38yds
CC3 – Mousy 35m/38yds
CC4 – Sunshine 52m/57yds
CC5 – Heathland 30m/33yds

Substituting Yarn
Pure Shetland wool really is the best yarn to use for Fair Isle colourwork but as there is no steeking involved in this pattern you could use smoother, less toothy yarn if you prefer. Swatching is key and yarn amounts may differ!

2.75mm circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)


In an effort to make my patterns more accessible to all, a large print version of the pattern is included as a seperate download.

  • Print size: 22point
  • Font: Candara. Font colour: Black
  • Includes enlarged full colour charts along with fully written instructions for each chart and recipe for combining stitch patterns.

You will get the following files:
  • PDF (3MB)
  • PDF (2MB)

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