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Super Soft Merino Fluted Cowl

Our Fluted Cowl combines two of our very favorite things: elegant drama and Super Soft Merino! If you haven't heard, Super Soft Merino is Purl Soho's new, very own yarn, and we couldn't be happier about it!

A loosley spun single ply of 100% Peruvian merino, Super Soft Merino is beautiful, decadent and yes, super soft. For cozy warmth and cuddly comfort, it makes the consummate neck wrapper!

This Fluted Cowl is the perfect expression of everything we love about Super Soft Merino. It is lush and wonderfully indulgent, easy and versatile; it is why we knit! The scale and elegance of this cowl give it an operatic sweep that will carry you through the winter in style.

This fascinating texture is created by a simple pattern called the Fluted Fabric Stitch. Slipped stitches add depth and loftiness, while gentle ribbing creates a soft rhythm. Easy for beginners, quick for everyone? Think holiday gift!

Materials

Gauge

3 1/4 stitches = 1 inch in pattern stitch

Size

15 inches high and 60 inches around

Note

The Fluted Fabric Stitch works in the round on any multiple of four stitches.

Pattern

Cast on 196 stitches.

Place a marker and join for working in the round being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: *K1, slip 1 with yarn in front (sl1 wyif), k1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 2: *Sl1 wyif, p1, sl1 wyif, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 15 inches from cast on edge, ending with Round 1.

Working Round 2, bind off in pattern.

Weave in your ends and get cozy!

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92 Responses to Super Soft Merino Fluted Cowl


  1. Steph says:

    Hi,
    I'm from Australia and was wondering what the equivalent wool would be ? Is it 12 ply ?

  2. Cara says:

    Curious question, and it might just be because I'm a beginner however how do the finish project end up being 60" if the circular needs are 32"?
    Thanks, Cara

  3. purl bee says:

    Hi Cara-

    When knitting in the round your circumference will always be larger than the length of the needles. This is so the work can fit around the needles without stretching. The stitches on the needles are sort of squished together so they all fit. It might not make a lot of sense until you try it!

    Thanks for your question!

    Molly

  4. purl bee says:

    Hi Steph-

    It will be roughly equivalent to a 12 ply but the most important thing is that you're getting the right gauge: 3 1/4 stitches = 1 inch in pattern stitch

    Thanks for writing in!

    Molly

  5. Candace says:

    Hi,

    I love the pattern but I am in agreement with Patti and Kathy in that I can't get the knit pattern to line up. I think you have a typo in your pattern some where in your circular knitting pattern. I'll see if I can figure out and post the correction.

    Thanks,

    Candace

  6. purl bee says:

    Hi Candace-
    The pattern is correct. If you are looking at the pattern from the wrong side the knit columns should line up, not on the right side.

    I can see your confusion because the top photo shows both the wrong side.

    Thanks for your question!

    Faye

  7. Kristy says:

    I am about to attempt to knit it straight and not in the round and am just wondering why in the round its length should be in a multiple of 4, but in your response to Julia for the flat pattern you suggest it should be a multiple of 4 plus one? Thanks in advance!

  8. Rachel says:

    I am completely in love with this scarf!! I splurged on the yarn (Desert Blue, I believe the name is) and it was worth every penny!! Seriously! It is so soft

    I am using a 29 inch circular needle and it works just fine (I saw someone asked about that)

    I suggest using markers every 20 stitches or so to make sure that you aren't making any mistakes. I had to restart mine a couple times because I was messing up stitches and had no idea where I made the mistake. I cannot wait to wear it. Thanks so much for this pattern :)

  9. Liz says:

    Hi
    I have just started and only done 4 rows but can already see mine isn't lining up. The stocking stitch has a purl stitch cross it. Each time I end the round on the correct 4 th stitch but I know already its not right. I cast on 184 stitches.

  10. Liz says:

    I sent a message yesterday but cant find it. I have done 3 rounds and I'm sure it's wrong. On your photos there is a definite stocking stitch pattern. I emailed a photo to
    Molly@purlsoho.com
    I have recounted my stitches. Not sure what is happening.

  11. purl bee says:

    Hi Liz-

    I have received your email and will respond directly to you shortly. Your previous comment just hadn't been approved yet since it was left over the weekend. The stitch pattern on this is not a stockinette stitch and the pattern takes a while to become clear as you're knitting. I have sent your photo to Faye, who knit this cowl and I'll let you know what she has to say.

    Thank you for getting in touch!

    Molly

  12. Liz says:

    Hi Molly
    Now that the work measures about 6 inches I can see the pattern and its going well. However have found one stitch on the wrong side on the rib line that is wrong and I'm not sure how to go back and correct it. I can locate which of the 4 stitches it is but have only ever undone plain knitting down to the error. I really don't want to pull off all the rows. Hubby says its barely noticeable. I'll send a picture of the actual stitch.

  13. purl bee says:

    HI Liz,

    Unless you're very experienced, you'll have to rip out your knitting back to the mistake in order to fix it. Maybe hubby's right!

    Thanks for asking and I'm so happy it's working out!

    Whitney

  14. Amy says:

    Just want to confirm that every time the pattern says to S1 that it is always purl wise no matter what stitch comes after it.

  15. purl bee says:

    Hi Amy-

    Yes, you're correct, it's always slip as if to purl.
    Thanks for your question!

    Molly

  16. Mariana says:

    I have starter this project 4 times, and i am having problems seing the pattern. I wonder if Chantal, Kathy, and Liz figure it out. I am to my end wits.

  17. purl bee says:

    Hi Mariana-

    I'm so sorry to hear you're having a problem with this! The pattern is correct. What are you having problems with exactly? Please let us know. We'd be happy to try to help!

    Molly

  18. Amy says:

    I just finished this scarf and absolutely love it! It knit up pretty quickly and is my first infinity scarf. I've only knit toques prior to this and it was a great project for something new and a little more challenging. Just in time for fall! Absolutely love your site, thanks for the pattern!

  19. Jessica says:

    Hi! I love this pattern. I'm about to cast off. Do I have to cast off in pattern on row 2? I just wanted to double check since I wasn't sure if the slipped stitches would make my cast off kind of tight. Thanks!
    Jessica
    Ps. I love your whole website!

  20. cline says:

    bonjour votre modele est tres mais je voudrais savoir que veux dire P1 et K1 merci

  21. Mariana says:

    Hi Molly,

    I've got it! At first I did not realize that the pattern shown in the pic, was at the back of the knitting. And then I must have made some mistakes. But finally I got it, I am at 13 inches wide, almost done!! and it looks really nice, Thank you!

  22. Laney says:

    Hi!
    This is a beautiful pattern! Do you think it would work with Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush and size 13 needles? I noticed that you sized up four sizes from what the Merino calls for and my Plymouth yarn calls for a size 9 needle.
    Thanks,
    Laney

  23. purl bee says:

    Hi Lacey-

    Our Super Soft Merino takes a size 13 needle normallly so we didn't move up in needle sizes. I'm not familiar with the yarn you mention but it sounds like it would be a bit thin. You need to look for something that is a chunky weight that gets a recommended 2.75 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch.

    Thank you!

    Molly

  24. clmentine says:

    Hello, I love your pattern, but I don't understand how to knit it :( the point's name are different in france, so it is difficult for me to translate this !!
    Is it possible to have more information about it? thanks!

  25. Theresa says:

    Is there any chance there is a pattern to crochet this cowl. It is beautiful and I would like to crochet it not much of a knitter. Thanks.

  26. purl bee says:

    Hi Theresa-

    We don't have a crochet pattern for this specifically but we do have a similar crochet cowl, made from the same yarn here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/9/19/whits-knits-crocheted-rib-cowl.html
    Thank you!

    Molly

  27. purl bee says:

    Hi Theresa-

    We would love to help you but we aren't sure what extra information you need. We don't speak French so we're not sure how we can help. But please let us know if you have any specific questions!

    Thanks for getting in touch!

    Molly

  28. Lyna says:

    Im a little confused, im new at knitting and so from my understanding the length of the circular needles will basically be the length of the scarf? Why is it that when I look for the circular needles it seems but shorter? Does the scarf stretch out after you take it off the needles?

  29. purl bee says:

    Hi Lyna-

    Yes, needles can fit quite a lot of stitches on a circular needle and once you take the scarf off of the needles it will be the correct circumference.

    Thanks!

    M

  30. Caitlin says:

    I was just wondering if there is a way to adapt this stitch pattern to be a hat. I am absolutely in love with my cowl, but cannot seem to find instructions on how to decrease in the fluted fabric stitch for the top of a hat

  31. purl bee says:

    Hi Caitlin,
    Unfortunately at the moment we do not have the resources to turn this pattern into a hat pattern. We would want to test different decrease methods in combination with stitch counts before blindly suggesting a particular technique. We will definitely put it on our list of requests though. We really do appreciate your interest and hopefully we can get to this soon.
    Thank you for writing in.
    Best,
    Laura

  32. Becca says:

    Hey! I love this cowl and would love to make it, unfortunately due to shipping and prices I can't quite get the wool used, I have alpaca cotton at home, 50g, approx 148yards to a ball and used with 5mm needles (us size 8 I believe.)

    I was wondering if this could work with the pattern and if so how many should I cast on? I just adore this pattern and would love to make it with the beautiful wool I have.

    Thanks!

  33. purl bee says:

    Hi Becca-

    You can certainly use whatever you have and adapt the pattern! You will need to to a gauge swatch, in the round, in pattern to determine how many to cast on. Once you know how many stitches per inch you are getting in pattern you multiply that number by 60 (inches) which is the finished circumference. For instance, if you end up getting 5 stitches per inch you will need to cast on 300 stitches. Just make sure the cast on number is a multiple of 4.

    With that said, the great thing about a pattern like this, which doesn't need to fit as precisely as a sweater or a hat, is that it's pretty flexible. As long as you cast on a multiple of 4 stitches the pattern will work. It's really up to you how large you want to make it.

    Thank you!

    Molly

  34. Julie says:

    I am newish knitter and am currently working on this cowl. It is gorgeous and easy to do. I read all the comments and found the tip of adding the stitch markers at 48, 48, 48 and 52 has helped to make sure I don't make a mistake. Highly suggest for new knitters. This is absolutely gorgeous and can't wait to make another one using the Purl Soho yarn. I am making mine with a cheaper yarn as I wanted to make sure I could do it before making the investment. I just wish I could visit NY and come to the store.

  35. Sandy Kilpatrick says:

    I just discovered your site and I am so impressed with everything I see. I am especially with Molly. You seem to have "the patience of Job" with those of us who are new or renewed to knitting. The comments and answered questions are so helpful.Thank you Molly, I hope you know what a treasure you are to us.

  36. purl bee says:

    Hi Sandy-

    Thanks for writing in, that is so sweet! I'm the comment moderator so that's why you see my name after a lot of answers. But the technical questions that help people though a patten are usually answered by the pattern's specific author.

    Thanks again- you made my day!

    Molly

  37. Serena says:

    Hi, I bought malibrigo's mecha for this project, but Because the gauge is a bit smaller than that of the yarn that you used, I was wondering if I can still yield the same result? The mecha isn't as chunky.

  38. purl bee says:

    Hi Serena-

    The only way to tell for sure is to knit a swatch in the pattern, in the round, and then measure the gauge you're getting. If you are getting a smaller gauge you can just cast on more stitches. This pattern works by casting on any multiple of 4 stitches.

    Thanks!

    Molly

  39. Lindsay says:

    Hi,

    I made this cowl recently and and came out beautiful except I realized when I was done that the bind off edge was a smaller circumference and tighter than the cast on edge. To put it another way, my cast on edge is able to stretch while there is no give on the bind off edge. Perhaps I did something wrong? Do you have any suggestions to avoid something like this in the future?

    Thanks!

  40. purl bee says:

    Hi Lindsay-

    It seems like you may have bound off too tightly. It's a very common problem so a lot of people use a needle 3 sizes bigger just for the cast-off (doesn't matter the type or shape or circular or straight).

    Hope that helps!

    Molly

  41. Zoe says:

    Hello,
    I have completed all of this pattern and love it, but I have not binded off as I am not sure how to "bind off in pattern" with this (I have never completed a pattern with that requirement before). Would it be possible to receive more detailed instructions on how that goes?

    Thank you!

  42. purl bee says:

    Hi Zoe.
    You end with Row 1. So you'll want to bind off in pattern while working Row 2. To do this….

    *Slip 1 wyif, p1, use the left needle to pick up slipped stitch and pull it over purled stitch and off the right needle, k1, use left needle to pick up purled stitch and pull it over knit stitch and off the right needle… then you go back to the *, so you'll slip 1 wyif and use the left needle to pick up the knit stitch and pull it over the slipped stitch and off the right needle, then you'll p1 and bind off that slipped stitch and then youll knit one and bind off that purled stitch, etc etc etc.

    Does this help clarify? Please let us know if you have any questions at all!
    Laura

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