Rotunda Cowl!

I’m very excited that the second cowl patterns I’ve been working on over the last couple months is ready to be shared. A lot of the last 4-5 months has been spent working on patterns so they’d be pretty much ready to go in September. There are a couple more patterns just about ready to share as editing and formatting are finished over the next couple of weeks and can I tell you how excited I am about these cowl patterns? I love cowls and love that it’s finally fall and time to wear hand-knit accessories again.

Unlike the pattern I shared last week, the Negative Space Chevrons cowl which is meant to be wrapped around your neck multiple times, this cowl is designed to sit and pile up around your shoulders without wrapping. I’ve had this idea for almost a year and it took a couple of experiments to get to this final design.

Here is the Rotunda Cowl:


The stitch pattern and shape are reminiscent of the rotunda inside of Baltimore’s City Hall and some of the other domed buildings around the city that have these fabulous, open, round center rooms. These rooms  tend to also have articulation like decorative columns or pilasters (which I had to google to find the correct word for – the columns are built into the face of walls).  I don’t like cowls that sit too close around my neck and chin so this pattern is ribbed (like those pilasters in the rotunda’s I admire) and the ribbing allows  you to stretch the cowl out to sit further away from your neck or you can leave it un-stretched for a closer fit.

I also like to start wearing cowls as soon as the weather starts to cool off so this cowl is knit on larger needles so it is nice, warm, and generously sized, but not the same kind of warm and not nearly as dense of a fabric as I’ll want to wear in another couple of months.


The cowl uses 380 yards of DK weight yarn. I  made the sample with polaris which I liked working with because the yarn is soft and fuzzy but strong. If you’ve been following this blog, you might remember the shrug I made last year for a friend’s wedding and that the polaris was one of the options we considered. I’m working on another project with Berroco Vintage DK and think this cowl would be great in made up in that yarn, which is also a little fuzzy and very soft.


Pattern details:

Construction: This cowl takes a slightly different shape than most others; most cowls  are either pretty long and meant to be wrapped for layered warmth or are knit with a small circumferences to sit close to the neck. This cowl is 32” around and 25” tall so it goes over the head and pile loosely around the neck for a warm look that can be worn  over a sweater  or jacket. The instructions include both written and charted instructions.

Skill level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Casting on, binding off, knitting in the round, knitting the back loop, increasing with yarn overs, decreasing by k2tog and ssk.

Size: One Size/ 32″ circumference by 25″ height


  • US 10 (6.0 mm) 24” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 skeins of Polaris yarn by Rozetti or 380 yards of fuzzy DK weight yarn
  • Stitch Marker
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

For more information or to buy the pattern, visit my Ravelry store.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. purplepurl says:

    Wow, this is lovely!


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