Light as a Feather Cowl

Light as a Feather Cowl
Light as a Feather Cowl

The Light as a Feather Cowl is an ideal free knitting pattern for spring. This knitted cowl pattern is light and floaty enough to carry in your bag, but the beautifully soft yarn is made with alpaca which makes it surprisingly warm. Perfect for in-between weather days! This lace knit cowl is the perfect day-to-evening accessory for both spring and summer. The simple feather and fan edging leads on to a stocking stitch body interspersed with myrtle leaf motifs. You can leave this lovely cowl around your neck or draw it up over your head for extra warmth as the evening gets cooler.

NotesNOTE: You may wish to place stitch markers between each 18 st pattern repeat. The easiest way is to place a stitch marker every 18 sts when casting on. This will also make it easier for you to count stitches when casting on. It’s not uncommon, when knitting stocking stitch in a lace-weight yarn, to find your stitches look a little uneven. Some of this will be resolved by blocking but it’s worth spending a little time before you block checking for any uneven sections and gently adjusting the stitches with the point of a needle.


Knitting Needle SizeCircular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(0) Lace (33-40 stitches to 4 inches). Includes crochet thread.

Gauge26 sts and 30 rows to 10 x10cm in st st using 3mm needles

Finished SizeCircumference: 62cm (24½in), Height: 56cm (22in)

Materials List

  • Artesano Alpaca Silk Lace - 1485 Cherry Red (1 x 50g)
  • 3mm circular needle 60cm long
  • Stitch markers
  • Darning needle for sewing in ends


Cast on 162 sts, place marker and join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts.

Lower Border

Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: *K2tog x 3, (yo, k1) x 6, k2tog x 3; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 4: Purl.
Rep these 4 rnds 5 more times. (24 rnds total)
Knit 6 rnds.

Main Pattern

Rnd 1: (K2, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k11) to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnds 3-6: As Rnds 1&2.
Rnds 7-10: Knit.
Rnd 11: (K11, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k2) to end of rnd. Rnd 12: Knit.
Rnds 13-16: As Rnds 11-12.
Rnds 17-20: Knit.
Rep these 20 rnds 5 more times.
Knit 2 rnds.

Upper Border

Rnd 1: Purl.
Rnd 2: *K2tog x 3, (yo, k1) x 6, k2tog x 3; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 3 & 4: Knit. Rep these 4 rnds 5 more times.
Cast off loosely.

To Finish Off

Weave in ends.
Press and block to measurements.
Blocking is essential for this project.

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I see that this pattern uses lace yarn or even crochet thread, so I think I will give it a try. It does not specify what size needles to use, but I'm guessing with that type or yarn or thread you would need size 2 or 4? I think a 6 might be too lacy-looking.

The pattern specifies 3mm needles and 439 yds. lace weight yarn.

Too often we forget that the cowl and infinity scarf can be a fashion accessory setting off an outfit instead of warding off the cold - this pattern is just such a statement and quite attractive. I should like to see it knit in a rich blue or a soft ivory -- and probably shall

These looks wonderful for an early spring or fall outfit, maybe trying it on an ombre yarn for a mayor impact. I think the only issue I may have with these pattern its that it may be a little to lose to appreciate the lace pattern. But definitely a project worth saving.


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