New Cashmere Bandana Cowl!

Our original Bandana Cowl is a Purl Bee favorite, knit up it Swans Island beautiful merino Bulky. We love it too! But we couldn't resist the temptation to get even cozier with the help of Jade Sapphire's extraordinary 8 Ply 100% Mongolian Cashmere. Carefully selected, gorgeously spun and lovingly hand dyed, it doesn't really get any better than Jade Sapphire's cashmere!

For a whole new perspective on winter, put this quick knit at the top of your list. For Erin's original pattern, plus even more fabulous yarn suggestions, visit her Bandana Cowl Project Journal right here!

26 Responses to New Cashmere Bandana Cowl!

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  1. I do love the cowl.

    Just right for this time of year.

    Lil Bit Brit

  2. Laura says:

    i just adore this pattern and have made it several times, but now I would really love it in Jade Sapphire . But I only have 6 ply-what shall I do?

  3. purl bee says:

    Hi Laura-

    This pattern is tricky to adjust so it's important that you're getting the same gauge. With that said, if you really want to use your 6 ply you could try using bigger needles to get the correct gauge, but it will make a more open fabric.

    Thank you for writing in!


  4. Rachel says:

    I've made this twice before and love it–thank you for reposting! I'm wondering if there's a way to modify the pattern to fit a child. I'd love to knit one for a mom-friend of mine and her daughter, who's just leaving toddler-hood.

  5. Yelle says:

    OOooo I love it! I have never seen such a lovely style of handmade goodness for the neck!

  6. purl bee says:

    Hi Rachel-

    We have no plans to write a smaller version of this pattern at the moment but you might try knitting it in a smaller gauge to get a smaller over all cowl.

    Thank you for your question!


  7. I like this a lot. I wish I had some fashion sense, however. I would love to see you post photos of this with an outfit to see how you'd put it together with other clothing. I need that kind of tutoring. LOL. Thanks for all the great projects you bring us!

  8. Kat says:

    I love how this looks, but I've tried making it twice and the edges and point curl up funny :( what am I doing wrong?! Does anybody have any tips? Thanks!

  9. Lisa says:

    I love this pattern and have made it many times with many yarns. I agree that it can be tricky to adjust – a few scarves have been knit more than once. . . But it is easy to wear, flattering, and perfect for chilly bike rides or dog walks or gardening. Having no floppy ends makes it very cozy and tidy, and it is a nice color and texture contrast to crew neck sweaters or t shirts. Cashmere? Okay!

  10. Margaret says:

    Hey Stephanie, check out the Ravelry page for this cowl – there are loads of photos of people wearing the finished product. I has this pattern bookmarked, but when I saw someone at a party wearing it I was hooked! I've made 5 so far – dare I cast on a 6th? That cashmere os oh so tempting!

  11. purl bee says:

    Hi Kat-

    To counteract the little curl you're getting in the point you can try blocking the cowl by soaking in cool water and wool-safe soap, then reshaping it to dry. If the curl is proving truly resistant you can pin it to a towel using rust-proof pins while it dries.

    Thanks so much for your question!


  12. Cathy W says:

    I notice that a skein of the cashmere is 30 yards shorter than the merino bulky. Is it still enough to make the cowl, or should I get 2 skeins?

  13. purl bee says:

    Hi Cathy W-

    You will need 2 skeins of the cashmere. All of the materials info can be found on the pattern page here:

    Thank you!


  14. Kristen says:

    Would it be possible to use your new Worsted Twist with this cowl?

  15. purl bee says:

    Hi Kristen-

    Yes. Our Worsted Twist would work for this pattern.

    Thank you for your question!


  16. Hannah says:

    I'm about to cast on this cowl again. I made one for my mom last year and saw her wearing it yesterday. It is just so cute! The wrap and turns make it fun and not too boring. Thanks for having your projects archived and easy to find!

  17. Margie says:

    Looking at the Bandana Cowl made on Ravelry and then back to your original as well as the Cashmere one, it looks like the one you knitted is wider and not so pointed.I have made three so far and they too look more pointed. I like the wider look best. Any ideas on how to make it look that way instead of pointy?

    Thanks for the pattern!

    Oh, yes another question, when I get to the last short row I have had problems with working it correctly. Somehow I end up with a wrap and turn on both start and end of last row and then have added stitches.

  18. purl bee says:

    Hi Margie,

    Hmmm… I'm not sure why your cowls are looking pointy. Are you decreasing every round at the beginning? Is your gauge correct?

    And at this point…

    Next Round: With the knit side facing you, knit to the marker, making sure to pick up the wrapped stitch.

    Continue with the knit side facing you, working again in the round. Knit 2 rounds, picking up the wrap of the first stitch.

    …you do have wrapped stitches closely following each other, one before the stitch marker and one after.

    Sorry to not have more concrete answers. Please let us know if we can help more!


  19. Tina says:

    I just bought the yarn for the bandana cowl online, but now have somehow lost/cannot retrieve the pattern. Can you help?

  20. purl bee says:

    HI Tina-

    The project is linked at the end of this story by clicking on the blue hyperlink that says "here". And here is a direct link to it:

    Thanks for getting in touch and good luck with the project!


  21. Sandra B says:

    I love all your beautiful Knit patterns which are for everyone. Each one is so unique! Plus your Instructions are easy to follow be we a Beginner or Advanced Knitter.

    I am in the process of knitting the Cashmere Cowl with a pretty color of Lobster Pot Cashmere. Oh me goodness it's simply gorgeous and so soft to knit with.

    I plan on knitting your Ombre Cowl and there are a couple of others on my To Do List.
    I always have my needles in hand knitting something for my family and of course for my sweet Grandchildren who are Twins.
    I try to knit most of my Christmas gifts for my family and dear friends.
    And everyone really appreciates receiving one of these.

    Thank you so much for all your sharing with us. It is a joy to see the various knitted projects that your Staff create for us to see which inspires us all to try knitting one of them.

    Warmest Regards

  22. pam fowler says:

    I’m having trouble downloading this pattern I just love it and would like to make a few for Christmas gifts, can you please offer you help? Thank you. My husband says I don’t have a website. Thanks

    • Molly from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Pam-

      This pattern isn’t available to download directly from our site as a pdf. Unfortunately we don’t have the resources to convert all of our free patterns into print friendly pdfs but there’s a fairly simple way to do it yourself:

      First copy and paste all the text and any photos you want into a Word or Text doc. From there you should be able to save as a pdf or print. If you don’t see the option to save as a pdf within your program there is usually an option to do that within the print dialog box.

      I’m so sorry we can’t be of more help. This is an issue that we’re working to resolve.

      Please let us know if you have any more questions!


  23. Hi, I’ve made this cowl four times. Four! And here’s the thing: every time I complete my short rows and knit back, picking up the last stitch before the marker, then continue in the round, picking up the wrapped stitch on the other side of the marker to join (the first stitch of the new round), I end up with a gap and what appears to be a large stitch. I find that picking up that first wrapped stitch of the new round (the one I wrapped on the last short purl row) is incredibly tight to knit. Wow. Really frustrating, especially after the fourth cowl! It’s the only blemish (which I’ve fixed each time and, frankly, is not even noticeable when donned, but still…) on an otherwise perfect project. Any ideas as to what I’m doing incorrectly?

    • Whitney from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Tim,

      You’re not the first person to report this problem, and honestly, when I knit my own bandana, a similar thing happened to me! I suggest as a possible remedy that you knit the final wrap (together with the knit stitch) through the back loop. This means that instead of inserting the needle to left of the front legs, you put the needle into the stitches to the right of the front legs. Essentially, this twists the stitches and takes up some slack. And then there’s always the post-production futzing, where you spread some of the slack out among neighboring stitches to diminish the “blemish”.

      Another solution that might avoid the problem altogether would be to end your short rows a couple of stitches sooner so that you don’t end up with two wrapped stitches so close to each other.

      I hope this helps you with your FIFTH bandana! Thanks so much for asking and for being such a prolific bandana knitter!


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