Wallpaper Cowl Knitting Pattern by Emma Welford


Wallpaper Cowl in Gynx Yarns DK

I love knitting that features unusual repeating motifs, and where better to look for inspiration than vintage wallpaper? If you’re new to color work, don’t fear–this cowl is a great introduction to stranded knitting and includes Latvian braids, which are easier than they look! A lining hides those pesky floats that have a tendency to snag and adds a hidden pop of color. Make it in brights for a modern feel, or go retro with muted tones. After all, this wallpaper doesn’t have to match your décor!


Wallpaper Cowl in Vally Yarns Northfield

Finished Size 8.5” tall x 32” wide.


Fun Stranded Wallpaper Inspired Colorwork Pattern

Yarn: Valley Yarns Northfield, 70% Merino/20% Baby Alpaca/10% Silk; 124 yds/50g: 014, Haze (MC), 2 skeins, and Red (CC), 2 skeins.

Lining: Valley Yarns Huntington, 75% Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon; 218 yds/50g: 024, Mustard, 1 skein.

Pick a Fun Lining Color!

Yarn: Gynx Yarns DK, 100% Organic Merino; 246 yds/100g: Nelrel (MC), 1 skein, and Canary (CC), 1 skein.

Lining: Gynx Yarns Sock/Fingering, 100% Organic Merino; 437 yds/100g: Electric Strawberry, 1 skein.

Needles: Size US 6 (4.0mm): 24”+ circular. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

You’ll be Snug as a Bug in a Rug!

Notions: Markers (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge For cowl: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4” in color work pattern. For lining: 22 sts and 35 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch. But gauge is not too important for this project.

The Designer: Emma Welford is a knitter, designer, cat snuggler and trashy reality TV watcher from Greenfield, MA. Her patterns have been published by Holla Knits, Knitscene and Valley Yarns. Find her online at www.emmawelford.com. For questions about this pattern please contact Emma at welforddesigns@gmail.com.

Price: $4
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