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!



3 1/4 stitches = 1 inch in pattern stitch


15 inches high and 60 inches around


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


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!

107 Responses to Super Soft Merino Fluted Cowl

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  1. Steph says:

    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!


  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!


  5. Candace says:


    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.



  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!


  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:

    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
    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!


  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!


  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!


  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!


  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!
    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:

    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.

  23. purl bee says:

    Hi Lacey- 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!


    • Anja says:

      Dear Molly,

      your reply confuses me. You write:

      “Our Super Soft Merino takes a size 13 needle normallly so we didn’t move up in needle sizes.”

      But the cowl’s instructions call for a size 17 needle, so you DID move up in needle sizes, didn’t you?

      I also want to use a different yarn an have problems with my gauge swatches. My yarn has exactly the same characteristics as the Super Soft Merino: Same weight/length, same given gauge.
      In stockinette stitch, I exactly get the gauge that the Super Soft Merino page on asks for (11 stitches = 4″ with size 13 needles).
      But when knitting the pattern stitch on size 17, I get less stitches than the instructions call for. So, I went down in needle size and tried size 15 (11 stitches = 4″) and size 13 (12 stitches = 4″). I also tried size 11 but found it too stiff.

      Usually, I would recalculate the pattern for my pattern stitch gauge, but In this case, I wonder if there is a mistake in the Flute Cowl’s gauge instructions because of the fact that I exactly knit the yarn page’s gauge but not the one given in the Flute Cowl pattern itself.

      Kind regards,
      (Sorry, English is not my mother tongue.)

      • Molly from the Purl Bee says:

        Hi Anja-

        Sorry for the confusion, we did indeed go up a few needle sizes for this- I have edited the reply that you are referencing so it should be more clear now.

        There is not a mistake in the cowl’s gauge but the needle size that we suggest is always just a suggestion, everyone knits differently so it’s possible that you might have to go down a few needle sizes to get the correct gauge. And without seeing the other yarn that you’re using I’m not able to tell exactly why you’re not getting a fabric that you like. However, if you like the fabric you’re getting on a larger needle you can simply cast on fewer stitches. This will work with any multiple of 4 stitches.

        Thanks for getting in touch and please let us know if you have any more questions!



        • Anja says:

          Dear Molly,

          thank you for your answer!
          I guess it was overlapping with my second posting in which I asked not only for the gauge’s stitches but also for the rows. The lack of this information might be the reason for my gauge confusion.

          As I wrote in my second posting, a knitted swatch is elastic. You can get a different count of stitches at the same swatch by pulling it differently; in case of the “Fluted Cowl”, this difference can be 2 or 3 stitches in 4″, the pattern is more elastic in width.
          If you pull your swatch widthwise, you will count less stitches in a 4″ square but more rows. If you pull your swatch lengthwise, you will count more stitches but less rows in a 4″ square.
          That’s why I would really appreciate to get the gauge’s stiches and rows; as long as the last information isn’t given, one is not able to trust on the final measurements of the cowl and its yarn usage. In that way, even a recalculation of rows (of course, you can change the CO stiches and take different needle sizes and yarns) wouldn’t make sense because it would be inexact, too, with only using stitch information but not row information.

          Of course, I could try and rib if I wouln’t get the right measurements. But in my case, the yarn from my stash that I want to use for the cowl isn’t the best for ribbing. It starts felting very easily and loses gloss by ribbing. Also, I only have exactly the yardage that the pattern calls for and I’d really like to have the same measurements (and not a shorter one or a cowl that’s longer but not wide enough), because I think they are perfect for this very nice looking cowl!

          Dear Molly, it would be really great if you could tell me and others the rows that our gauge should show in 4″ while we can count 13 stitches in the same 4″ square. (Rows and stitches are dependent because of elasticity, so it would be necessary to check both again in a 4″ square.)

          Thank you for your patience!
          (I hope that my text doesn’t sound rude. As I already told, English is not my mother tongue. In case it should sound rude, I am sorry for that. It is not ment to do!)

          Best regards,

    • Anja says:

      Dear Molly,

      I forgot something.

      It would be very helpful if you’d write down not only the stitches but also the rows of the gauge; because the knitted fabric is stretchy, the gauge of one swatch can vary between 2 and 3 stitches in this case:
      The more you pull your swatch in width, the less stitches and the more rows you count in 4″; the swatch becomes wider and shorter.
      The more you pull your swatch in length, the more stitches and the less rows you count in 4″; the swatch becomes longer.

      It would be really great if you could tell me the number of rows that should be counted while 13 stitches in width can be seen. This would make it much easier for me to chose the right needle size.

      Kind regards,

      • Molly from the Purl Bee says:

        Hi Anja-

        The row gauge for this is 3 rows per inch.

        Thank you!


        • Anja says:

          Dear Molly,

          and again our answers were overlapping!
          Before I posted again, I reloaded my browser page. After sending it, your answer appeared.

          Thank you very much for this helpful information and your patience!
          I am happy because now, I can start with this nice cowl! Thank you for sharing the pattern with us! (I found it via Ravelry)

          Best regards,

          • Anja says:

            Dear Molly,

            sorry, me again!

            “The row gauge for this is 3 rows per inch.”

            But this can’t work with 3.25 stitches per inch. This knitting pattern is constucted that way that you always have more rows than stitches in a square. It doesn’t matter if you’re a tight, normal oder lose knitter, the proportion will stay the same: More rows than stitches in a square.
            Maybe, you measured those 3 rows without checking the stitches again at the same time? It is also important to know where to count! It makes a difference if you count them in a “slipped stitch line” oder in a line where every stitch has been knit. Such a “line” (where every stitch was knitted) would be the middle line between the “braids”.

            Kind regards,

            • Molly from the Purl Bee says:

              Hi Anja-

              I’m not sure I understand your comment about this pattern needing to have more rows than stitches in a square but luckily, in a pattern like this, the row gauge isn’t very important. Since you never need to count rows but instead are instructed to knit for X amount of inches the row gauge isn’t a very useful measure.

              It sounds like you’re having a hard time getting the correct gauge over all but again, in the case of this cowl it isn’t super important that the gauge is exact since the finished piece doesn’t have to fit as precisely as a hat or sweater would. So if you like the fabric you are getting with the yarn and needles you’re using I’d advise you to go for it! As long as your gauge is in the same ball park you’ll end up with a beautiful cowl!



  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:
    Thank you!


  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!


  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.



  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.

  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.


  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!


  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!


  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.



  39. Lindsay says:


    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?


  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!


  41. Zoe says:

    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!

  43. Katerina says:

    Hi, I’m a serious novice to knitting and I have a question about the “slip one with yarn in front” maneuver. Can you explain that or direct me to where I might find that information? And offhand could you tell me how many skeins I might need if I used a 24 inch needle instead? Thank you for your time and consideration, and I love your site. Katerina

    • Molly from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Katerina-

      To slip one with yarn in front: pull your working yarn in front (like you would if you were going to purl), insert your right needle into the first stitch on your left needle as if you were going to purl it, and then slip that stitch off of the left needle and on to your right needle without knitting or purling it.

      The length of your needle will not matter to how many skeins you will need but if you would like to make a cowl with a smaller circumference you could cast on 100 stitches for a cowl that is roughly 30 inches around on a 24-inch needle. In that case you would need 3 skeins of the Super Soft Merino.

      Thanks for your questions!

      • Katerina says:

        Thank you! Sounds like an easier move than I thought! And the pattern calls for size 17 circulars? Can’t wait to try this! Greatly appreciated help. Katerina

  44. Rebecca says:

    I love this pattern! I’m working on it now in a soft, fluffy blue wool and I’m in love with the thick yummy fabric it’s making.
    I’ve only been knitting for a couple of years and your bandanna cowl was one of my first projects. I *love* how clearly written and easy to follow all of your patterns are. Thank you for sharing another masterpiece!

  45. Amy says:


    I wonder if this cowl is designed to wrap two or three times around one’s neck?
    Thanks so much!

    • Molly from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Amy-

      It’s designed to wrap twice.

      Thanks for your question!


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